Cop killings 'can't be tolerated'

2013-10-17 13:53
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town - The killing of two police officers during a police operation in the Siqala informal settlement in Philippi, Cape Town, was condemned by Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato on Thursday.

"We simply cannot tolerate this kind of senseless violence in our democracy," he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said earlier that two police officers were killed and another seriously wounded during an operation in the area on Wednesday night.

Plato said: "I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of these officers, and will be visiting [their] families... to convey my condolences... and offer the support of the Western Cape government."


He urged residents to support the police in their investigations and congratulated police on making an arrest soon after the shooting.

Traut said the officers came under fire when they entered a house in Siqala.

"During a shoot-out with the robbers, one suspect was wounded and arrested and his 9mm firearm confiscated," he said.

"The wounded police officer is being treated in hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition. The suspect is also being treated in hospital under police guard."

He said the police had reason to believe more people were involved in the shooting but had evaded arrest. The people responsible could regard themselves as "extremely wanted", Traut said.

"The Western Cape police management would like to express their sincere condolences to the families of the slain members, as well as to their colleagues," he said.

"Our fight against crime will continue in all earnest and we will not be deterred by attacks launched at us."


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