Community bewail police killing

2018-04-19 06:00
Congregants from United Methodist Church of Southern Africa had a prayer service at the Khayelitsha police station after Constable Ncedo Katoyi gunned, and his colleague escape with injuries.                                                  PHOTOs: UNATHI OBOSE

Congregants from United Methodist Church of Southern Africa had a prayer service at the Khayelitsha police station after Constable Ncedo Katoyi gunned, and his colleague escape with injuries. PHOTOs: UNATHI OBOSE

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Congregants from United Methodist Church of Southern Africa in Site C together with community members and police officers gathered at Khayelitsha police station for a prayer service against police killing.

The service comes after the death of Constable Ncedo Katoyi,39, whose colleague survived, while they were attending a complaint in Ste C last week Monday.

Station commander, Brigadier Mkhuseli Nkwitshi said no arrest has been made yet and the police are still investigating. He said cases of murder and attempted murder are opened.

Reverend Phikolomzi Nqwaba urged the community members to take responsibility to protect the officers. He said their aim is to comfort and give hope to the officers that are left behind.

“Our mission is to inspire broken hearts and instil hope of salvation to stop the killing. Enough is enough. The police are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and children. They are here to protect the society,” said Reverend Nowaba.

He urged the community not to take law into their hands but bring all the relevant information forward to the police.

“We are leaving the officers and community with Genesis 9:4 “Uphi na umntakwenu Abel?”. We want also to revive the culprits conscience. The criminals must know that these officers that they are killing are also bread winners in their families,” he said adding that it is not the first time they having a prayer service in the station.

“Last year we had a similar service in the station. There was another police officer that was killed here. We also held a prayer service last year in December next to Site C taxi rank to pray for festive holidays,” said Reverend Nqwaba.

Speaking of behalf of the Khayelitsha police station Captain Zanovuyo Qwebani described the service as touching.

“We didn’t expect the service. It is really painful as especial that we lost one of our colleagues in the line of duty. Their (congregants) message is healing and reviving hope,” said Captain Qwebani. He said the community must know that they are there to protect them.

Community member Nosizwe Pikashe from K section in Site B said the police must stand up and protect them from criminals. “The police mustn’t hesitate to shoot if they see that their lives are in danger.

If the criminals are killing them who is going to protect us?” she asked. Pikashe urged the law to take its course against the criminals.

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