Cop killed by ATM bombers

2011-03-10 09:58

Johannesburg - A 27-year-old police officer was shot dead in Hercules, west of Pretoria, on Thursday, Gauteng police said.

Police officers were responding to an ATM bombing at around 03:30 when they were ambushed by the suspected bombers, said Captain Katlego Mogale.

"As the members approached, the suspects started firing shots at them."

The constable died on scene.

The gang fled in a black Audi A4 and a manhunt had been launched.

It was unknown if any money was taken from the machine.

  • Cameron - 2011-03-10 10:10

    I hope the police catch them - and Hang them.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-03-10 12:58

      I hope so too, my colleague house is right next to where the incident happened, she saw the suspect(s) black Audi racing past her house. Condolences to the family of the killed cop.

      kabo.j.masole - 2011-03-10 13:23

      For these guys to b sentenced to hang is only if the crime was committed within the boundaries of Botswana broer. Unless they r to b tried in Botswana then forget man. Anywhere thats your wish brotha...

      Cameron - 2011-03-10 13:52

      @ Kabo - That is my wish. I wonder what the murder rate is like in Botswana? Does anyone know?

      Cameron - 2011-03-10 13:56

      I checked - 21.5 per 100k in Botswana and 69 per 100k in SA - and that was in 2004

  • Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-10 10:12

    So sad - we are dying day by day. Such a waste - condolences to family & friends. The worst thing is, it is quite likely that his own corrupt colleagues killed him.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-10 10:22

    The ANC has lost control.....We have to arm ourselves!

      Michael - 2011-03-10 11:32

      what an empty comment? Are you suggesting the police officer was unarmed? What are you solving by arming every citizen as you know that robbers will just have more firearms to grab from ill-trained civilians?

      coolwaynie - 2011-03-10 13:42

      These law enforcement officials are so badly trained that it really doesn't help that much to arm them. As the man in the street we're better off getting our own weapons to protect our families.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-10 10:24

    I dont understand, if the police officers (am not sure how many officers were there) why cant they open fire on the vehicle. In that way they can stall the get away vehicle. Sorry for the officers family, another statistic and the ANC will make a statement but do nothing about it.

      Darter - 2011-03-10 10:59

      Do you understand what an ambush is? The whole point is that you shoot at them, before they have a chance to shoot at you. For all you know, the thugs run up to the police vehicle and fired at point blank range before the police could even get out. And another point....sometimes if your patrol partner or close friend has been shot and is bleeding to death, you might want to focus on trying to get them help, rather than trying to chase down whoever did it.

  • Enigma - 2011-03-10 10:26

    Now, where are all the people who yesterday wanted to crusify the police? Another young dedicated policeman dead. I suppose some of you will say he wanted to commit suicide and joining the police was one way of making sure somebody, someday will shoot him with a stolen police firearm. Cowards! Join your local Police Community Forum or the reservists and make a positive contribution to fight crime. My deepest sympathy to his family and colleagues.

      Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-10 10:50

      I agree with your sentiments Enigma, but the sad fact is that it was probably SAP members who robbed the ATM and killed him. If Selebi was friends with a drug lord, what hope do ordinary decent policeman have?

  • PilgrimX - 2011-03-10 10:28

    Zuma, you have so much blood on your hands...

  • Christian - 2011-03-10 10:28

    Whatever happened to a life for a life. Would all the Human Rights Activists, who opposed death sentence, please go to this mans house, look his wife and kids children in the eye, and tell them that their husband/daddy is never coming home because he was killed by bad people that will never be punished properly.....

      happygolucky - 2011-03-10 10:35

      human rights is the biggest load of crap under the sun. scrap it and crime will drop. the death sentence will never be brought back in with the uneducated brains behind opposing the law. there are more rules and laws protecting the attacker. its entrapment on a large scale

  • generaalcharlie - 2011-03-10 10:45

    Go start your search at mamelodi saps we all know who the criminals are

      Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-10 10:52

      Don't forget Wonderboom Poort, Sunnyside, Brooklyn SAPS... there are too many to mention.

  • jp - 2011-03-10 10:45

    condolences to his family, feel for his parents & loved ones.

  • Nndavhe - 2011-03-10 10:49

    condolance to the family of the dead cop,maybe those bombers was the cops also.i`m sick abt the cops who suppose to protect us but busy with their crime in our country.

  • Santapola - 2011-03-10 10:53

    What has ANC and Zuma has to do with this? People are so small up there..cant think neah

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-10 11:22

      They have destroyed the criminal justice system! Simple! So now we can do what we want!

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-10 11:25

      Uhm if we had a criminal justice system, effective courts, punishments for criminals who hides behind our liberal constitution and a prison system that bites then maybe it would not be the ANC's fault! Idiot!

      Singo - 2011-03-10 11:28

      They just want to blame someone.Someonee.

      PilgrimX - 2011-03-10 11:34

      I don't really understand your question. Is the ANC not the ruling party responsible for law and order and is Zuma, as president, not ultimately accountable?

      Viparo - 2011-03-10 12:26

      No Pilgrim. No one is accountable. Not even the "general" himself, who is responsible for curbing the crime problem.

  • willieman - 2011-03-10 11:00

    I'm asking what is the so-called intelligent services doing in this country,are the busy fighting political wars,spying on Mrs Zille or what?How can this hoodlums use this explosives and NIA cannot infiltrate this factories where this explosives are manufatured or used in the mines.Maybe Minister if inteligent services is busy trying to find the strategy of how to let his wife off the hook

  • Darwinian - 2011-03-10 11:06

    probably killed by one of the 20 400 missing weapons...

      dialabond - 2011-03-10 11:49

      I fully agree. It also confirms what Mr Hobbit said. Probably his own collegues who bombed the ATM and shot him with one of the 20 400 missing weapons. I do know of incidents where members of the SAPS confiscates illegal firearms at alleged gang members' premises, they then in turn go and sell it to the rival gang." Die polisie is 'n klomp skollies, die goeie daaruit"

  • TheBokFan - 2011-03-10 11:21

    This is terrible news. My condolences to the family of the police officer. Hope the criminals are caught, and when they are, they should hang

  • Chris - 2011-03-10 11:22

    why do I still bother. I work an honest 8 hour job, studied 6 years and still do to better my education. I can't afford an Audi A4 but these thugs uses it as a getaway car. Seriously something wrong - oh wait! crime does pay in south Africa! maybe I should also go "job hunting" I'll get me one of those nice Audi R8's

      Darter - 2011-03-10 12:39

      Or maybe the Audi was stolen or hijacked earlier that night and they planned on dumping it once they got the cash. Doesn't seem like you thought about that at all....

  • Stella - 2011-03-10 11:27

    Another cop dies for doing his job. Condolences to the family, he was very brave. They fled in a black Audi A4, seems like crime has paid them quite well so far.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-10 12:27

      Maybe they hijacked it

  • Delarey - 2011-03-10 11:54

    Micheal don't be stupid. The Police 'lost' over twenty thousand firearms! who do you think got them??

  • johannes - 2011-03-10 12:13

    I am sad and deeply touched by this murder.You may find that the killers are part of a group out on this senseless BAIL given to criminals irregardless of their crime.South-Africa where are we heading to?

  • johannes - 2011-03-10 12:24

    If bail conditions were tighter than they are, surely our country could be safer than it is today. Offenders just know R500 to R1500 = BAIL for murder, rape, robbery, serial killing, baby dumping,traffic cop killing,employee/employer slaughter, foreign national killing etc. I wonder what you guys are teaching kids about this world.I am worried SICK!!!!!How many innocent lives shall we keep losing senselessly?

  • WCD - 2011-03-10 14:44

    Crime pays in South Africa, so why would the government bother, its their PARTY and only they are invited.Condolences to the family of the killed cop.

  • Just Asking - 2011-03-10 14:45

    What happened to tactical training and tactical response? How does it happen that the police respond to an ATM bombing and drive right into the ATM bombers? And then call it an ambush? I'd rather call it lack of training, but hey, the SAPS have better things to spend their money on, right!

  • - 2011-03-10 15:06

    Are you all crazy ?? how can u make so many ASSUMPTIONS when you dont even have the facts ? were you there? did you see what happened? you are all as bad as the acutal criminals we encounter everyday. This is someones son and family member. He was only 27.. To actually HAVE to respond to these crimes does not make you part of the criminals whoever they are. These guys have the guts to put their life on the line for us, He is a hero.. RIP and may god comfort your family.

  • - 2011-03-10 15:09

    My aplologies - I was only talking to all the CLEVER people trying to solve the crime by making ASSUMPTIONS.....

  • Markus Botha - 2011-03-11 08:35

    That's what you get when you make a wholesale out of the SAP's gun vault. Karma is a bitch.

  • nndavhe - 2011-07-30 07:21

    south africa again,.,.,.please president bring back hang pal.

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