Cop killed in Johannesburg

2012-08-16 07:14

Johannesburg - A police officer was shot dead and another critically wounded when an unknown man opened fire in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said the shooting happened at the corner of King George and Wolmarans streets around 19:00.

"It is alleged the members had just got onto the shift and were busy with their patrols when they noticed a suspicious vehicle with three occupants.

"The members stopped the vehicle and approached to conduct a search. One of the occupants of the vehicle was aggressive and non-cooperative," said Mogale.

She said the constable tried to calm him down but another occupant pulled out a firearm and shot the officer in his right eye.

The man then fired a second shot, killing the other officer.

The wounded officer was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

"We are appealing to anyone who might have witnessed what happened to come forward with the information," said Mogale.

People can contact the Hillbrow police station at 011-4886511.

  • Mbuso Mahaye - 2012-08-16 07:38

    as bad as this may sound but we need General Bheki Cele back......crime is just escalating without his hands on approach

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-16 09:44

      U cannot send a women in to do a mans job!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-08-16 07:39

    Is this the new society we are creating.

  • philile.khanyile.5 - 2012-08-16 07:41

    This is sad!

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-16 07:47

    And the bleeding heart morons say the order "shoot to kill" was wrong and dangerous. How many more people must be killed before South Africa wakes up!!! - RIP. Thankyou for giving your life so we can have a relative safe life in sunny SA.

  • mark.vanvuuren.790 - 2012-08-16 07:48

    I feel for the family of all involved,but it will never end till the death penalty is back.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-08-16 07:59

    When will this corrupton riddled bunch of apes realse that we are livng in a war zone wth these crmnals. Of course they hasve nothng to fear as they have 24 hour protection and blue light convoys around them so crime means absolutely nothng to them. I agree with Mbuso about bringing the corrupt General back and say that we should also brng back the Cato Ridge team and the Brixton Murder and Robbery squad back. Trust me, the criminals will start to think twice before they pull out a weapon. My deepest sympathies to the families of these bracve officers.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-16 08:08

    Are we perhaps bringing these unfortunate circumstances (crime) upon ourselves ? We release convicted criminals from jail (for no apparent reason) and we let anyone and everybody into our country. Then we spend hundreds of hours looking for people who have failed to pay their yet to delivered traffic fines instead of looking for cars with false number plates, hand guns in cars and the list goes on. You may argue that the function of the metro cops is not to look for criminals, just those with outstanding fines. I'm terribly sorry for those that have been killed and injured. My sincere condolences to all the families.

  • africanwolf - 2012-08-16 08:10

    Visiting Hillbrow is like visiting the Bronx in the 70-s full of drug dealers and justice escapees . it is suicide to go there.

  • bamakhani - 2012-08-16 08:10

    Sad news indeed. Nobody is safe anymore and we dont really know who to trust. Condelences to the family and SAPS family.\r\n\r\nThose thugs are still out there and dangerous

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-16 08:12

    Very sad. RIP

  • Leviy Moneymaker - 2012-08-16 08:13

    bring back General Cele,police must shoot them thugs to kill*finish and klaar

  • itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-08-16 08:15

    One of the toughets jobs in the world, what's sad is that the police man tried to "calm down" a filthy criminal, bloddy savages. Hope they find them and send them straight to hell.

  • papi.mthimkulu - 2012-08-16 08:21

    can the gun be trace back, 9 out 10 its police gun.

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-16 08:34

      Exactly. But try tell that to the GFSA twits

  • busicor.nel - 2012-08-16 08:26

    This goes to the core of value of live in South Africa. This does not even makes it to headline news. Just another day another live. I would lower my head in shame if I was in government. We must look at training, new laws and better punishment. I agree shoot to kill , but to have police that is not gun competent shooting will not solve the problem. Criminals’ must fear being arrested and not laugh in court. Please someone in government hear our cries.

  • jeandre.welgemoed - 2012-08-16 09:08

    Please don't even start with 'training' I'm also a police officer and when it comes to searching three suspicious occupants in a vehicle, a police official must use his / her own discretion. One covers the partners and the other one searches! Easy as that! Rip my brother in blue. Respect the police, we do what the public don't want to do. Its not a easy life to wear this uniform, but we look past that to make life easier for our country because this is our passion!

      benjamin.manyange - 2012-08-16 17:52

      jeandre i am also a man in blue ur ryt ts nt easy to be a cop.we became enemies of the criminals the day we joined this family.the funny part is that the public does not understand that.....its only when something like this happens!may he soul rest in peace and i wish the other officer to recover very soon.

  • richard.turner.7792052 - 2012-08-16 09:14

    Catch and hang

  • mike.madide - 2012-08-16 10:08


  • daleinn - 2012-08-16 10:22

    I feel sorry for the cops, its the governments lack of clear policy and implementation, irradication of poverty , that leads people to rob and kill.

  • herman.mosima - 2012-08-16 10:50

    The solution is very simple. Forget about support for a second term and bring back competent Bheki Cele to sort this out. All criminals who kill our police must be KILLED on the sport.

  • vus.dube - 2012-08-16 11:12

    Bheki Cele back please... Bheki Cele back please... Bheki Cele back please... Bheki Cele back please... Police raids and ban all firearms... Road blocks everywhere... Lockdown. We need OPERATION SUPPRESS CRIMINALS AND HANG THEM...

  • keigan.hart - 2012-08-16 12:49

    Cop killers should be handed over to the slain police officer's colleagues to hand out the appropriate punishment. This really p***es me off!

  • benjamin.manyange - 2012-08-16 18:08

    we will get them,it doesnt matter how long it takes us......

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-08-19 20:53

    My heart bleeds for these men and women who sacrifice their lives to fight crime with such a corrupt judical system, that let these criminals walk free after 2 weeks.

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