Cop shot in head by ATM bombers

2012-06-07 14:25

Johannesburg - A policeman was shot in the head early on Thursday morning after four men bombed three ATMs in Jouberton, outside Klerksdorp, North West police said.

"Three ATMs were bombed at a shopping complex in Extension 2, Jouberton, by four unknown suspects during the early hours of this morning around 02:00," said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

A police officer living near the shopping centre heard the explosion and called the police. A security guard at the complex also pressed a panic button before he was overpowered by the four men.

The men, armed with an AK47 rifle, shot at police when they arrived. Constable Tshepo Bandjies, 29, was shot in the head and transported to hospital where he was in a serious but stable condition.

The men fled the scene in a car and hijacked bakkie, with the bakkie later found abandoned near the scene.

Police were searching for the men. No arrests have been made.

  • christopher.fisher.5220 - 2012-06-07 14:41

    looks like ATMs will have to be moved inside malls and shopping centres to avoid future recurrences of this nature. This way cameras inside can assist security and police by identifying them or at least give them a heads up.

      Rob - 2012-06-07 15:35

      Maybe move them to police stations......!

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-06-07 14:43

    this is %^&( SH*T. When will we have the death penalty back. These crooks will not be brought to justice. How long will the killing go on? There is absolutely no respect for human life any longer. Our country is crying blood.

  • John - 2012-06-07 14:48

    Yet another policeman is killed. Every death is on your head Zuma. You have the power to stop this but no balls to do so it seems. A stupid painting gets you more worked up than when one of you fellow citizens is needlessly killed. Get off your a$$ NOW and do something about your country!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-07 15:42

      We all know thats gonna become a reality so lets just pray he catches something terminal real soon so REAL leaders can bring this country back to the throne...

  • Craig - 2012-06-07 14:56

    Shot in the nead with an AK 47 and not dead, thats one tough man, hope you recover soon !

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-06-07 15:27

      Hope he recovers and back to duty, he must get his revenge!!

      John - 2012-06-07 15:32

      I also hope this brave man makes a full recovery soon. This man needs superiors who are worthy of the name and not the greedy politically appointed incompetents that Zuma thinks should be in charge of SAPS.

      Martin - 2012-06-07 16:52

      officer vernon koekeMOER, what a legend

  • Abdul - 2012-06-07 15:01

    An AK to the head!!.....Really hope he recovers> prayers with you!!!!

  • keith.recore - 2012-06-07 15:18

    More than ever the police need to be supported, trained and supplied with everything needed to combat such heavy handed crimes. this starts with a respected person appointed national police commissioner that police and citizens can get behind, followed by adding more and better trained officers, that are compensated properly for this work.

  • Donovan - 2012-06-07 15:20

    We need to protest!!! Block the highways and the streets. This crime is getting out of hand, who is next? You, me our children or family?

  • Tax - 2012-06-07 15:27

    Every day we hear of more and more of these affirmative withdrawls.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-07 15:27

    I wish these criminals dead.

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-06-07 15:29

    What race were the bombers?

      serena.johnston.7 - 2012-06-07 15:35

      Why? Does it realy matter??

      kritzinger - 2012-06-07 15:35

      Nobody need reply to the racist troll. Nothing to see here.

      Tax - 2012-06-07 15:42

      We all know what race but its not politically correct to face reality anymore.

      Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-07 15:45

      Dumb foolish stupid idiot

      Hudayfah - 2012-06-07 15:49

      In that case,what race was the cop would also be an appropriate question

      avanwyk2 - 2012-06-07 17:39

      Just confirmation how we have been brainwashed. In SA its more acceptable to wish somebody dead, according to thumbs up on a different comment, than asking what race they are. Weird!!

      Sharon - 2012-06-07 19:16

      they were chinese

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-08 00:44

      @avanwyk2 - Go ask your mamma

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-07 15:39

    Mexico n US ar leading countries with gruesome murderers,yet the White House \the remote control of the world\ can't help it because all the woeld learn their gangsterism from the role model US on tv movies n gangster music vidz,I'm one of Anti-Zuma campaigners but I honestly don't expect a SA president to have a full control of this, now every thing happening get associated with him,I don't know,but I gues its stereotype of SA,I like to google coz it give almost accurate stats then News channels,as for me,I wouldn't blame gov for every wrong thing happening in the country,I believe the World is coming to an end,look at Siria(speeling),Haiti,NewZlnd-earthquakes,muslim/arab run countries-wars,men eating one another in the US,I mean what more? Read bible n be saved

  • Moses - 2012-06-07 15:39

    I do not think that the police responding to these ATM bombings are trained enough to handle such situations. Who in his right mind drives to the scene where you know very well that the thugs might be heavily armed? To respond to such situations you need to make sure that there is enough back up, Secondly you need to surprise the criminals, so park your car where no one will notice, then jump through few houses, position yourself where you can see them and yet you are safe, then kill those bustards

      ClaudsDeLuca - 2012-06-07 15:59

      So according to Moses SAPS should follow this procedure: 1. Don't drive to scenes that 'might' have heavily armed men. 2. Don't respond now, wait for more cops to arrive first. 3. Climb into an oversized cake, have DHL deliver it to the ATM, and shout 'surprise' as you jump out. 4. Don't park anywhere near where the criminals might be. 5. Abolish houses on the way. 6. Put on your invisible cloak so you can see them but they dont see you. 7. Kill the bustards. Wow.. SAPS needs YOU Moses!! Go go go.. before they respond to the scene of the crime again, timeously, selflessly and armed to save people like you.

      Michaele - 2012-06-07 16:24

      Go Moses join up and lead from the front, you are sooooo knowledgable.

      Wayne Klasen - 2012-06-07 17:17

      Moses where were you? I suppose sleeping. At least the brave Police Officer tried to stop these criminals and make this a safer place against the odds.

      Sharon - 2012-06-07 19:18

      hey moses,you jump through a few houses then you will definately get shot

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-07 15:49

    T.I.A. I hope the policeman recovers soon and without complications.

      Sharon - 2012-06-07 19:18


  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-07 15:52

    Now thats a good idea Donovan and boycott paying tax then the agents wont have money to buy the weapons...i see crap coming very soon.

  • grant.hide - 2012-06-07 15:52

    All these aliens crossing our un-patrolled border, And in news today 9000 members of police have been sacked, clear then that this country is going the wrong way.

  • Rob - 2012-06-07 16:08

    Follow my leader!!!!!! Get well as soon as you can, you deserve better.

  • Renard De Souza - 2012-06-07 16:09

    Mtk, bible bashing bafoon! Go enforce ur religion else where.

  • kebophelo16 - 2012-06-07 16:12

    wishing him recorvery while police are doing thei job by searching those damn thieves

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-06-07 16:34

    Tjo, i mean no!! no....maan in head!!! Very cruel

  • Pt - 2012-06-07 20:56

    A Survey What do News24 feel. Would you prefer ATMs inside shopping malls and only available to the public when these malls are open. Vote Like if you prefer ATMs to only be available when malls are open. Vote thumbs down if you prefer ATMs to be available 24 7

  • Charnelle - 2012-06-07 21:26

    It is so sad when our police officers who dedicate themselves to this country are shot and killed. Really what a shame. I do hope that these infidels are caught, named and shamed!

  • martin.gardner.923 - 2012-06-08 01:15

    I am pretty sure if someone was shot in the head they would be dead on impact, but if that is not the case I hope the officer recovers well!!

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