Senseless killing of police officers condemned

2019-05-29 06:01

SHOCK reverberated through communities across Durban after two uniformed Metro Police officers were killed while on duty recently.

According to an eThekwini Municipality statement, the officers were killed while conducting councillor protection duties at Councillor Sthembiso Zulu’s residence in Bhambayi, Phoenix.

According to the municipality, it is alleged that the two deceased officers were approached by two males who demanded the officers’ service firearms, fatally shooting the officers afterwards.

The SAPS KZN Media Centre reported that a multidisciplinary operation by the Hawks’ head office and Durban Serious Organised Crime unit, Metro Police and Crime Intelligence landed three suspects in custody for the murders.

After being tasked with the investigation, on Wednesday evening the team reportedly traced and apprehended three suspects following a brief confrontation with one of the suspects. The team retaliated in self-defence, wounding the suspect, and he is currently under police guard in hospital.

These gruesome killings follow reports of other officers being killed in the KwaZulu-Natal area.

In March, SAPS reported that two off duty police officers were killed in the Amanzimtoti and Kranskop areas.

In April, News24 reported that a Durban police constable was shot dead while approaching a parked vehicle; and earlier this month an off-duty stock theft unit policeman died in a hail of bullets in the centre of Estcourt. On May 17, the SAPS KZN Media Centre reported that two accused were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a policewoman which took place in January 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the South African Community Crime Watch (SACCW), Steven King said: “SACCW condemns the killing of our law enforcement members in the strongest possible terms. “We need our courts and law enforcement agencies to work hand-in-hand in making sure that criminals get punished to the full extent of the law. “A strong message needs to be sent out that their days are numbered.

“Not only have we lost members who gave up their lives while protecting ours, but families are now without their loved ones and bread winners.

“There should be no bail granted and parole should never be an option.

“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two officers, whilst remembering all the others who have given their lives in the past so that we can be safer.”

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