ATM robbers shoot cop in face

2011-04-19 09:12

Johannesburg - A police constable was shot dead and another officer wounded when they attended to an ATM bombing scene in Zonkizizwe, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the incident occurred on Monday night around 20:00.

Constable Fihliwe Mavis Bengeza, 25, died in hospital after she was shot in the face, he said.

"Her colleague, Constable Sihle Mbatha, 27, was shot in the leg and he is recovering at a local hospital.

"They were shot when they responded to an ATM bombing at the taxi rank," Dlamini said.

A second police vehicle, also responding to the robbery, was shot at but no one was injured.

The suspects, who were allegedly armed with rifles, escaped in a silver VW Golf after taking an undisclosed amount of money from a bombed ATM.

They are all still at large."

Dlamini said this was the second incident this year in which a police officer was shot and killed while attending to an ATM bombing.

In March, Constable Mogomotsi Masango was shot and killed in Hercules, west of Pretoria, by suspects travelling in a black Audi.

"Police are calling on the community to help curb the attacks on police officers and identify those involved, so that they can face the full force of the law."

  • PikeLee - 2011-04-19 09:24

    This is very sad, and condolences to the families. But I have a question. Are our police trained in "tactical response?" If men with guns are known to be in a area, should the area have been cordoned off? Block all escape routes? Then proceed in numbers and with caution? Or are their to few police on the streets to do this effectively? Or is the response to slow to do this efficiently? Or both?

      REVO - 2011-04-19 09:34

      This is TOTAL BS!! Why the fck are these low life scum bags, allowed murder people and they in turn do not get the DEATH PENALTY!! The entire government has got blood on their hands!!

      Lee - 2011-04-19 10:24

      I think the Police force is lacking training.

      Stan - 2011-04-19 10:27

      Quick response is the answer. When receiving a report on a serious crime like armed robbery in progress, you do not wait to first mobilize extra manpower and resources that you do not have. A committed police officer do not hesitate to do his/her job. They know the risks involved and still do their job. By wasting time, you might put other innocent lives in danger. My condolences to the deceased’s family. She paid the highest prize.

      Cyril - 2011-04-19 10:43

      Don't be daft mate. You need to be fast to catch them sicko's. Arm the Police with Stun Guns and 12 Bore Shotguns. Then Kill every crook as you see him-Shoot them dead even if they surrender!!!

      Meanleader - 2011-04-19 10:56

      I will bet that this obvious affirmative action cop was ill prepared for this situation .. Be carefull what you wish for , when you want a job ! The Government must pay up for this ... bid time !!!! Another senceless death ... and many broken hearts !!

      andrew.pottow - 2011-04-19 11:25

      First things first, condolences to the families. Unfortunately, these officers were most likely the unfortunate victims of a lack of standards in the police training programs. I had the misfortune of discovering how low they actually are from an acquantance. He has been told he must have a minimum pass rate on all his advanced courses, whether they are competant or not. He has witnessed officers who have gone through basic training without having fired their weapons! And reportedly the vast majority cannot hit an A3 page from 5 meters on a consistant basis!! I witnessed photographs of officers who had taped one eye shut so they could look down the sights of their firearms. What happens when they have to use their weapons in the line of duty? And none of this is the officers faults, they either shouldn't have been admitted into the police force if they didn't meet the standards or they should have been privvy to a longer, more comprehesive training program. I, personally, have no confidance in our police force knowing what I do. Its an unfortunate truth that we are most likely in more danger than the criminals when they start shooting.

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-04-19 13:38

      They are only trained how to extract bribes from tax payers that is it.

  • Willy - 2011-04-19 09:29

    For those that are going to ask why the community must help the police the answer is simple: Get to know your neighbours and join your local Community Police Forum (CPF). An active and informed community is one of the best ways to reduce crime.

      d54 - 2011-04-19 12:36

      Wake up Willy. The bleeding hearts had our legal firearms taken away from us even though we were military trained in the use thereof. Now they want us to take a knife to a gun fight with street patrols. We used to have commondo units in each area that kept a lid on activities.

  • molefeP - 2011-04-19 09:56

    2nd time around. Last was a Policeman shot out of ambush at an ATM in Hercules. Sounds like the ATM guys are getting out of hand. Would they be so eager to kill if they knew they faced the death penalty? Also, they are obviously very well trained, at least para military?

  • YohYohYoh - 2011-04-19 10:13

    Death Penalty = problem solved

      wesleys926 - 2011-04-19 12:27

      Death penalty will = TOTAL GOVERNANCE BY THE ANC , so u really want that only when they have total governance over the country then only they can pass change this act !!!

  • Rumncoke - 2011-04-19 10:13

    I still wonder why the SAP "Roof Reaksie" unit was disbanded - they were really keeping this type crime to a minimum in the late '90s?

      whatever007 - 2011-04-19 10:34

      who is going to pay for the election campaigns they don't have money for it so have to rob the banks to get money to do there campaign work and for the fake votes that must be printed,as the government is also robed and bankrupt

  • nvledwaba - 2011-04-19 10:19

    i'm not suprised...they only know how to shoot innocent people and abuse us on the roadblocks, mara when faced with real criminals their tactial awareness is zero, shoot to kill becomes num.......aniway condolences to the family

      Totman - 2011-04-19 11:12

      You are a bid hard, but you are right. We can train them[or anyone]. We can equip them[or anyone]. We can do what ever we wants, but our system is becoming more rotten by the day. We can blame each other. We can blame other people, but it still stays our problem. My friend, this thing starts at home. Family. Self pride. Social order, pride and stability. Before we not gain that again we can do whatever we want. It will not change. My sincere condolence to the family.

      andrew.pottow - 2011-04-19 11:32

      well said, its a harsh reality! See my comment above on firearms training. This is not even tactical competance, which is much more difficult to grasp!

  • Julz - 2011-04-19 10:32

    And they want to make a big thing cos one protester was killed?what about all those police men who get killed??if those protesters had seen this one man standing up against the police, and they all decided to face up to the police, what would havwe happened to those police men?

  • willieman - 2011-04-19 10:41

    The question is what is the function of police ,nia,the army or even the covert intelligent services.We can be invaded by Zimbabwe tomorrow and all of them will say they did not know.The problem with this organs is they are busy fighting internal political wars for corrupt politicians

  • saliem - 2011-04-19 10:41

    No use taking pea shooters to a gun fight. How very sad that SAPS members who are out there fighting crime, end up losing their lives. The banks really need to do something to make it more difficult for criminals to bomb atm's. Perhaps the solution lays in planting a device in atms that will dye the notes, when an atm is bombed?

      Totman - 2011-04-19 11:02

      No, saliem. We can't always treat the symptoms. We need to treat the sickness. We do have a system and we do have cops. Why must the banks even spend more of our monies to protect our monies while we already paid for law and order?

  • Winston - 2011-04-19 11:09

    How the f&*% do you shoot a woman in the face, cop or not!!!!!

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-04-19 11:42

    Condolences to the bereaved family and may her soul rest in Eternal Peace and a quick recovery to the injured Officer.Just a quick point of view here, i found it very disturbing to see the magnitude of Police Officers and vehicles when responding to home violence more when a woman is the one who phoned but when real situations arises you'd bet to see them flocking in in numbers. Why should it has to be this way? A good example is the Andries Tatane case. This simply shows the ignorance and lack of discipline of the men and & women in Blue and it's what they do. No common sense among themselves and not even one sane Officer would have stand in between and arrest the deceased ratgher than ganging up on hapless and defenceless soul. I have seen some eldery citizens who would stand in between and protect a criminal from angry community waiting the police to arrive only start beating the culprit up immediately they got out of their vans, and i ask myself where's the love of their work? The same problem that SA is facing currently in all angles, whether is our Teachers in schools is that these people are not trained to carry the job, period. They're there under the pretext of 'Affirmitive Action';'Job creation';'BBBEE' and many other slogans without knowing or understanding their job spec. And i'm afraid to say that 99% of their input is always catastrophic.

  • TDK1 - 2011-04-19 11:53

    There is nothing wrong we the training. Thje problem always lies with the officers themselves. They tend to be too relaxed and hoping that they will find the criminals vanished already. The article doesn't say much about the position of the officers and criminals already. They might have been accosted by armed criminals who positioned themselves strategically. And maybe their colleagues also heard on the radio but failed to provide back-up. Look at the patrol cars that will always be full to capacity, especially the Toyota Condors and Siyayas. The officers would have no enough chance to return fire as their own colleagues would be in their line of fire.

  • sponkie - 2011-04-19 12:52

    Do we still have a Special Task Force in place? Check out some of their videos on Youtube. The STF used to be well armed and highly trained and responded to incidents such as this. Cele, bring them back!

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-04-19 13:40

    Who do you think commits these bombings ? SAPS detective's who have access to explosives who ells , Why cant normal response cops not catch them , Because they been in the SAPS for longer and have more expierience.

  • rimmoah - 2011-04-19 14:10

    the cops have handguns while the robbers have assault rifles? no wonder the police lose so many members in the line of duty!

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-04-19 14:21

    Sympathies to the families of the deceased. These thugs should be shot in the face.

  • BOETLA - 2011-04-19 16:00

    It was probably Malema`s guards during there lunch time...

  • SPYKOS - 2011-09-27 08:57

    i once walked in an atm bombimg the crooks took my cellphone and i went to report it to the cops but guess what..they said i was involved and they did not even bother to listen to my story bloody cops.

  • lindi.mbongwa - 2012-06-08 02:35

    I am so disgusted our police officers are not fair at all they arrested me for nothing they charged me with possession of unlicence firearm n yet they new very well dat da guns were not on my possession just because they've killid da suspect n they thought maybe i knew where the money was, what annoys me da most is they even wrote false statement on my dockets...i want justice especaily 2 dat officer Alfred Ndlovu who wrote my docket...

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