Police officer allegedly wounds colleague

2016-11-25 10:47
The police operation in Renoster Alley, Manenberg. (Facebook)

The police operation in Renoster Alley, Manenberg. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - A Manenberg police officer was shot and wounded, allegedly by a colleague who fired a warning shot during a raid in Renoster alley.  

A group of Rastafarians said Manenberg police raided a structure in Rashaad du Plessis’ back yard on Thursday morning.

Some of them allegedly swore at Du Plessis, after which he and other Rastafarians started pushing police out of the yard.  

Du Plessis and Cameron Vermeulen, also a Rastafarian, said they lost their cool when one an officer shoved a woman living there.

“A person should respect women,” said Vermeulen.

He said some people in the street started pelting the police with stones.

A police officer in civvies drew his service weapon and fired a shot into the ground, hitting sector commander Captain Etienne Conradie in the stomach, Vermeulen said.  

Police fired more shots after that, the men said. A woman, 23, was apparently wounded twice and taken to the Heideveld day hospital. 

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said in a statement that police were looking for illegal firearms and drugs when they were attacked at 09:15. He denied that an officer wounded Conradie. 

Traut said the attacker and his alleged accomplices fled the scene and no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.  

A man, 31, and a woman, 21, were arrested for possession of dagga. Another man, 27, and a 26-year-old woman, were arrested for malicious damage to property. 

Anyone with information about the shooting could call Manenberg police on 082 499 4433 or the Crime Stop number 0860 010111. 

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