‘Cop’s death a huge setback in war against crime’

2014-11-14 00:00

A POLICEMAN has died and one has been injured in two separate incidents during the past two weeks.

Constable Musa Zulu of Highflats police station was shot and killed on Tuesday during a police operation in Nhlazuka, Richmond.

Police descended on Nhlazuka after they received information about a man who was suspected to be linked to the murder of a taxi owner and a string of other crimes in the area.

According to a report by the KZN Community Safety and Liaison department, Zulu, along with the other officers, identified the man and began to walk toward him.

Zulu was shot and killed by the man suspected of killing the taxi owner.

Police then opened fire on the shooter and he died at the scene.

In another incident, a police officer was shot and seriously injured in an operation in Sankontshe near Mpumalanga Township.

Police went to the township on October 31 to investigate a murder, where they were ambushed by unknown locals.

The policeman was rushed to hospital and is recovering.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu expressed his anger at the killing of Zulu yesterday.

“Our women and men in blue dedicate their lives to protect the lives and families of all of us. This loss is a huge setback in our battle against crime and criminals,” said Mchunu.

Mchunu launched the campaign “One million voices against crime and police killings” earlier this month.

The campaign invites the public to pledge through their signatures to fight against crime and police killings.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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