MEC calls for ‘deadly force’, another cop killed

2012-04-06 08:21

The law enforcement fraternity in the Eastern Cape has been shocked by the killing of three police officers – while another fights for his life in hospital – in three separate incidents across the province, in the past two weeks.

This last shooting comes after Safety MEC Helen Sauls-August called for police in the province to use deadly force against criminals in life threatening situations.

“The loss of a police life is a serious set-back in our fight against crime as it endangers lives of our communities,” she said.

Her statements were made in the aftermath of an attack, during the early hours of Monday, on two officers, by unknown gunmen, while on patrol in the Port Elizabeth township of Veeplaas.

The shooting claimed the life of 33-year-old mother of three, who died on the scene while her partner, Constable Mongezi Mqina (36), was reportedly in a critical but stable condition at the Greenacres Hospital.

In the latest incident a 44-year-old sergeant of the Elliot SAPS’s visible policing unit was shot and killed by two unknown assailants outside his home on Wednesday evening.

He was confirmed dead on the scene, marking the second death this week.

“It is very infuriating and ravaging to hear that we have yet again lost another member of our SAPS family at the hands of merciless scoundrels,” said provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Celiwe Binta.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our investigations until the perpetrators are brought to book. The South African Police Service sends their deepest condolences to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of the police officer,” she added.

Two weeks ago, Constable Sipho Jaca (38) of the Peddie SAPS’s crime intelligence unit, was gunned down by an unknown assailant outside his girlfriend’s flat. To date no one has been arrested for the killings.

“The murder of police officials affects the morale of their colleagues while also traumatising their families.

These deaths lead to uncertainty and feelings of insecurity within the police,” said Sauls-August.

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