Security officer gunned down in Marcus Garvey

2020-02-06 06:00

Members of Nyanga Policing Forum are appealing to Philippi residents to come forward and work together with the police to apprehend the suspects who shot and killed a security officer that was escorting a bread delivery truck in Marcus Garvey on Wednesday 29 January.

Forum chair Martin Makasi described the increase in crime in and around Philippi as one of their major concerns. He urged community stakeholders to unite against crime.

“Currently as a forum, we are busy with community engagement and we want everybody to be involved. We encourage people to work together with the police. People must not be intimidated by the criminals,” said Makasi.

He said they are in the process of establishing a multi-stakeholder agency that will work with the community leaders and government departments to strengthen security.

“As we speak we are in talks with other institutions to join. Hopefully, the City will also join us. Police officers can’t fight crime alone. We need all community stakeholders to come on board,” said Makasi.

Philippi East police station spokesperson Capt Bheki Xulu said two Fidelity Security members were escorting a bread delivery truck when three unknown men approached them. Two of the suspects were armed and shot at the security members at Road 21 in Marcus Garvey.

He said when the police arrived on the scene they found the driver, a 37-year-old security guard, with multiple gunshot wounds.

“About nine cartridges were found at the scene. Another security officer, who was a passenger, managed to retaliate by firing a few shots during the attack and the suspects fled on foot.”

He was unharmed and nothing was taken from the two members.

Xulu said a murder case has been opened.

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