Off-duty police captain shot and killed

2018-03-07 06:02

KWAZULU-NATAL acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa has condemned the brutal murder of a police officer at Maphumulo during an apparent robbery on February 23.

“It is with great sadness I learn about the horrendous acts by criminals who are targeting police officers.

“Such acts are very barbaric and we will not rest until we apprehend the perpetrators involved. Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the captain. A task team has been formed to ensure that the suspects are arrested and prosecuted,” he said.

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that at about 4.10 pm on Friday, an unknown number of suspects allegedly entered a hardware in Maphumulo and robbed the employees of an undisclosed amount of cash and proceeded to the nearest supermarket where they entered using the back entrance.

“Upon entering, suspects saw the police officer who was off duty at the time, inside the supermarket. Suspects shot and injured him and then fled using a getaway vehicle.”

The police officer, Captain L.M Mhlanzi (54), was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Mbhele said a case of murder and business robbery have been opened at Maphumulo Police Station. No arrests have been made.

“We urge anyone with information on the suspects and their whereabouts to contact Maphumulo police at 032 481 4400 or their nearest police station.

“Our Crime Stop number can also be contacted at 086 001 0111.”

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