Police will defend themselves if attacked – KZN Acting Provincial Commissioner

2016-06-07 14:46
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Durban – Police will defend themselves if attacked by criminals, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner Bhekinkosi Langa said on Tuesday.

His statements come after police shot and killed two wanted suspects on Monday in Helpmekaar, Dundee.

Langa advised criminals to rather surrender and not shoot at police.

“They [should] rather surrender if [cornered] by the members because police will defend themselves if attacked by the criminals."

Langa added that the recovered firearms from the suspects would be sent for ballistic tests to determine if they were used in any other crimes in the province.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said Helpmekaar police, assisted by Glencoe K9 members, conducted an operation in the area tracing the suspects who were wanted for murder, rape, house robberies and armed robberies respectively.

“The members were following information about the whereabouts of two suspects. While at Buyafuthoi farm in Helpmekaar, they approached a homestead where the two suspects were hiding,” Zwane said.

According to Zwane, as they approached the house, police were allegedly shot at by the suspects. He said police retaliated, shooting and killing one suspect at the scene. Another died on the way to hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound, Zwane added.

The suspects were identified as Hlalabemnyakazisa Sikhakhane, 44 and Shididi Dlamini, 40.

“The suspects were on the run for a few years from the police and they were wanted by Nhlanhleni police as well as Msinga police for a number of cases,” said Zwane.

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