Cop shooting a 'heinous act'

2012-10-17 18:30

Johannesburg - The shooting of another police officer in Cape Town was a "heinous act" and would not be tolerated, Western Cape Community Cafety MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday.

"The individual policemen and women who have chosen to serve their country and protect its inhabitants deserve our respect.

"They place their lives on the line every day of the year to serve and protect," Plato said in a statement.

Warrant Officer November Filander said a police sergeant, 29, was shot in his midriff by three "suspicious-looking men" in Belhar on Tuesday night.

He got out of his vehicle to stop the men on the corner of De Mist and Anreith streets when they fired several shots.

The three, aged 18 to 24, ran away and were arrested soon after. An attempted murder case was opened.

Three police officers were killed last week. Constables Mandisi Nduku, 27, and Phindiwe Nikani, 26, were shot while on patrol in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, on Friday night. Nikani died on the scene and Nduku later in hospital.

A man, 28, will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court later on Wednesday in connection with the killings.

Last Wednesday, metro police officer Mpumelelo Xakekile, 50, was shot dead while issuing a fine to a taxi driver in Khayelitsha.

Sandisile Ncapayi, 18, appeared in connection with the killing and will return to court on Monday.

  • bert.einswine - 2012-10-17 18:52

    Mr Plato... talk is cheap... tired of political mouthings...walk the talk...or get out the kitchen

  • jacques.debie.7 - 2012-10-17 19:37

    Yes another cop got shot......what about the thousands of people affected by violent crime daily in SA? Why has that been tolerated? Just shows that even the criminals have no fear/respect for our lazy,corrupt and ineffective police force.

  • obie.oberholzer - 2012-10-17 19:55

    Die man was besig om sy werk te doen. Wie gaan na sy vrou en kind omsien terwyl hy veg vir sy lewe.Hy het vir ander mense n veiliger plek probeer gee.Dit is tyd dat die regering die klomp kriminele nie agter tralies sit nie hulle mors ons almal se geld, hang hulle en kry hulle uit die samelewing. N oog vir n oog en n tand vir n tand

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-17 20:24

    Stiffer sentences and no parole for these criminals. Give them a hard time in jail, no more 3 course meals, tv and soft pillows. The only way to stop this lawlessness is to come down very hard on criminals. The perception of getting a free bed and lekker kos in prison must be squashed ! Make going to prison an insufferable experience, since we can't have the death sentence. My sympathies to those officers of the law and their families who are in constant danger just because of the uniform.

  • Cesley Cooke Olivier - 2012-10-18 06:05

    I hope that the Government of SA open their eyes very soon! Violent crime is escalating, elderly people are raped, robbed and murdered, police officers are being killed every day! Bring back the death sentence! maybe that will be a deterrent!

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