Cops shot in hunt for ANC man's killer

2011-09-07 17:02

Durban - A policeman was killed, two were seriously wounded and one was in a critical condition when they were shot while tracking down the killers of ANC official Sbu Sibiya in Durban on Wednesday, police said.

"Members of the Hawks and the National Intervention Unit conducted a house penetration; they came under fire from a house in Chatsworth," Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

Two men were shot dead and police recovered two firearms.

Sibiya, the ANC's eThekwini regional secretary, was killed outside his home in Inanda in July.

"He was shot in the head and in his upper shoulder. His family heard the shots and ran into the driveway. The suspects by that time had fled. He died as his family managed to get to his side," Brigadier Phindile Radebe said.

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele would visit the crime scene on Wednesday, as well as the families of the officers who were wounded and killed.

  • kingkong - 2011-09-07 17:16

    RIP . Mag die hell op daai skobejakke wag

  • Iran999 - 2011-09-07 17:20

    Sbu was no Angel. Live by the sword .... The killers too lived and died the same way. The adverts we keep running for this beautiful country ?????????

      msendi - 2011-09-07 18:10

      Lets leave judgement to God. Lets not allow our hatred expose our stupidity…

  • ShakaN - 2011-09-07 17:21

    Death Penalty, Death Penalty, Death Penalty....

      Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-08 08:07

      We can not entrust a government as corrupt and inept as the ANC with a crime sanction as final as the death penalty. I am all for the death penalty; but I do not trust law enforcement, government or the judiciary in South-Africa. The chances of them using the death penalty simply to get rid of rivals is too high!

  • Greg - 2011-09-07 17:30

    My condolences to the family of the murdered SAPA member.......I hope your colleagues shoot to kill when they corner the rest of the criminal scum who have robbed you of your life (because that is the only way the government will allow the death penalty to be exercised against ths scum who are ruining this great country).

  • ChrisW - 2011-09-07 17:50

    It's not easy being a policeman in SA condolences to family best wishes for recovery to the injured.

      Mr D - 2011-09-19 03:07

      Jip but then there are more 26 and 28 gamg members in the police as good policemen. SAPF lost 1200 guns so far in 2011 lost to who, gang members?? I feel nothing for the police they are SKOLLIES

  • msendi - 2011-09-07 18:07

    Condolences to the family of the police. I wish that they paralyzed one of the criminal because their death is a victory to their masters. They still have other hitmen to hire…

  • Wayne - 2011-09-07 18:15

    First my sincere condolences to all SAPS involved, BUT somebody must take responsibilty for this needless slaying of SAPS members. This was a House penetration for armed and dangerous criminals, Please, MINISTER , explain to us how untrained personel can be sent in to their deaths, without proper training? This can only be caused by totally incompetant leaders. Take responsibilty for your charges. Heads must roll for what should have been a well planned operation,which was not planned at all.

      Darter - 2011-09-07 19:26

      You obviously dont know what you're talking about. The National Intervention Unit is only second to the Special Task Force in terms of difficulty of training, length of training, and tactics. Special Task Force and National Intervention Unit members are HEAD HUNTED by international security firms in Iraq and Afghanistan BECAUSE of their training and real world experience. So your claim of "total incompetance" is not even close to being valid in this case. It took you 30 seconds to read the article, but you have no idea what planning occured before they entered the house. Guess you were assuming a bunch of cops rocked up in a van, with a bucket of KFC. And if you believe that no police member (anywhere in the world) should get killed simply because they "had a well planned operation" then you've been watching too many American action movies and playing too much TV games

      Wayne - 2011-09-07 19:56

      @Darter It's obvious you have'nt a clue, I'm sure if this was handled by suitably trained units, the outcome would have not been the way wqas. After seeing the Two Room RDP house, You should actually know, that certain tactics are used to approach and breach, and if ANY danger is suspected, SOP is to retreat and re-evaluate. Not storm the bastille, Hello. It's idiots like you that walk slap bang into ambushes. This comment has nothing to do with disrespect for our highly trained unit's, It's simply about risking lives. This was not a ambush in a dark alley, it was a supposedly pre planned operation on a stand alone small house.

      Darter - 2011-09-08 09:15

      WAYNE....Did you not read the article? It said "National Intervention Unit members and the Hawks" please stop with your imaginary "untrained unit". You say it was a "pre planned operation on a stand alone small house". And like I said, with all the planning in the world, things still go wrong. If you expect the police to come out on top every single time, then you're living in a dream world. And again, you have no idea what planning went into this operation, simply by reading this article.

  • Banned - 2011-09-07 20:35

    Another murdered hero. RIP brother may the Almighty be with your family and friends. I sincerely hope and pray that you are the last to die like this...

  • WHAT82 - 2011-09-08 07:59


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