Hijackers kill 2 Gauteng policemen

2012-08-19 19:30

Johannesburg - Two policemen have been shot and killed while responding to a hijacking in Sonland Park, Vereeniging, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

The owner of a house in Korhaan Street and his brother were driving out of the premises on Saturday evening when a white Elantra stopped and blocked their way, spokesperson Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

Three men got out, held them at gunpoint and demanded their car keys. One of the victims tried to run to a passing police patrol. The hijackers shot him in the leg.

The three hijackers then opened fire on the police officers after they got out of their car. The two, a warrant officer and a constable, died on the scene. They were based at the Vereeniging police station.

The gunmen fled with the police vehicle. It was later abandoned after they hijacked another vehicle.

The killing of the officers brought to three the number of policemen killed in Gauteng within a week.

On Wednesday Constable Eianah Rangani was shot and killed, and his colleague critically wounded while on patrol in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

The occupant of a car shot at them when they tried to search it.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-19 19:40

    The killing fields. They call Marikana war zone. NEWSFLASH!!!!!!!The whole country is a war zone!!!!!! In the rest of the country the killing just happens on a less dramatic scale. Quick, JZ, create a commission of inquiry, its the catch phrase at the moment..

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-19 19:51

      Spot on Sharon.., Around 50 people are murdered in South Africa each day - 365... This means that since Marikana around 150 South Africans have been murdered - yet we see no enquiry as such. We do not see these deaths as headline news on CNN and alike. South Africans should rather mourn the fact the country is governed by one of the most destructive government's on earth.

      mofstok - 2012-08-19 19:58

      My condolences to these two, I hope they get these scumbags.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-19 19:59

      I feel bad for the policemen but how bad must their training be?

      mofstok - 2012-08-19 20:10

      goodthing, friction de guerre swings both ways in a shootout like this. Besides, the police have to play by the rules, the criminals are not restricted in any way: the playing field is not even close to level.

      UNITY - 2012-08-19 21:11

      4 police killed in this article 2 at the mine.that's 6 police in a week.Can a news reporter,report on how many police are dying in our country? Shouldn't there be natioanl mourning for the loss of policemen?Shouldn't there be a state of emergency in this country? Police are at high risk of political turmoil in this country.People in this country are only mourning miners, what about the amount of dead policemen in this country and their families? Shame on those who give no thought for the life of the police!

      lownabester - 2012-08-19 22:00

      No peace until we get rid of Zuma, Malema, Floyd and the list go on and on, Do we still have any honest people left in Goverment??? I dont think so.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-20 09:18

      And you lot criticized Cele for his shoot to kill stance...... See now?

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-19 19:41

    Condolences. This has got to end.

  • tumelorich.seerane - 2012-08-19 19:45

    enough is enough, police are here to serve the community.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-08-19 19:45

    We live in a sick country

  • elewies - 2012-08-19 19:47

    Ai ja jai hope these vermin are caught

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-19 19:48

    Now I hope the carrier of the cardboard offering R500 for every policeman killed, realise what she had done or attempted to do. (Hopefully she is sitting in jail at this point of time awaiting trial.) When, not if, the State of Emergency is declared and they kick her door down, I hope she thinks back to today..........

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-19 20:51

      Mosha. Tell me. was it wrong for those mine workers to kill two policemen as well as others ??????

      alwynb - 2012-08-19 20:56

      no Moshkadeph, this instance is not poor gov'ment, but rather a bunch of demanding barbaric hooligans who got what they deserved instead of what they demanded. Makes a nice change, only sad thing is that now the police will be EVEN MORE restricted in future, making the playing field even less even. What about the 2 cops & 2 security guards who got chopped up (murdered most horribly), did they deserve any of it? Their pay's shockingly poor too, BUT they were out there DOING their JOB!

      manfromvenus.manfromvenus - 2012-08-19 21:14

      Mosh , U are wrong , and right , in that order . We do not have poor governance in this country , we had shockingly poor governance in SA . And the sad thing is that the folks who voted ANC are the ones who were shot dead and who are suffering thru all this . We cannot complain , we dare not complain if we voted for the ANC to lead us .

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-19 21:14

      @MoshKaDeph You have I see some book-learning, (which I will give you in spite of your spelling acumen), but unfortunately it appears as if your studies towards a social caring moral reference frame went the way of the Limpopo education system. The Government is poor, we all agree, but so poor that it justifies incitement to killing people because someone is angry? In your short life, how many times did you vote and for whom. If you voted ANC, blame yourself. Did/does working at IBM make you a expert on crowd control? Methinks not. If I, in anger, would post that I would pay Rx for every person killed, because of what has happened to me, do you think I will be allowed to just carry on with life? You should be the first one to blame me. And if not I pray you never make it to Government.........

      shudusO - 2012-08-19 21:54

      i'll write mine that say 'R500 for every criminal killed.'...this is getting out of hand.

  • wesleywt - 2012-08-19 19:53

    I doubt these hijackers will "surrender" peacefully. A wall of bullets will greet them.

  • victor.mahasha - 2012-08-19 19:54

    Our government is really failling us, u arrest someone today for possession of unlicenced firearm and wthin two days they r back on the street

  • Khomotjo - 2012-08-19 19:56

    Ag this is really heart breaking:(

  • polite.mkhonto.3 - 2012-08-19 19:58


      Daniel Sendu - 2012-08-19 21:55

      these things it's too bad now, the soldiers they must help the Police

  • gladness.mashaba.33 - 2012-08-19 20:12

    South Africa have many criminals and they don't even respect our law enforcement agencies and if the police are being killed while doing their work then their killer if nd when arrested our courts let's them free

      George - 2012-08-20 03:23

      Yes, and the people setting them free are the cANCer society, who themselves are raping the wealth of South Africans regardless of race. They must be sent back to exile where they learnt their corrupt behavior. Noone in an executive roles in our government is a true South African.

  • MoshKaDeph - 2012-08-19 20:13

    Leaders speeches can kill country. U cannot salute police for killing people like what happened on thursday. Never. If u know strike has been going for a week and 10 already died. Use commonsense. They had weapons to protect themselves for what was happening there. This will be a war for a long.polise are unsafe. Q? What are we going to do as a nation?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-19 20:32

      I'm going to do my part by not voting ANC in 2014. I will also try to convince friends and family not to vote for the African National Criminals.

      UNITY - 2012-08-19 21:33

      Do u follow news? 4 news stations cameras covered the incident.Each one picked up gun shots coming from the miners. If u Mr MoshkaDeph,was a policeman standing there,with shots being fired at u, and a crowd running into u with machetes, pangas,spears..would u use rubber bullets? Or run for yor life? Actually u wouldn't be here today running your mouth in this column. Respect that police did their job! And stop trying to be smart! And let me tell u one more thing. South Africans of all races aren't afraid to fight ,so don't bring up war! Its not a fear subject!Choose yor next leader carefully, don't vote if u can't find one, spread the word that this country needs more debate and a balance of power!

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-08-19 20:24

    yet when they defend themselves they are deemed murderers......why is life so cheap in Africa?

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-19 20:58

      Whoever raises a knife, panga, gun or spear at a policeman must meet with the ultimate penalty.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-08-19 20:39

    Thats wot happens wen u 'shoot to kill' ,violence breeds violence,and the violence spirals into an abyss!The stage for SA's bloodthisty ctlture was set along time ago.

  • buwaz - 2012-08-19 20:46

    Politician,Analyst n human rights experts r happy,this organization nid ppl like General Cele nt the Banker Phiyega ,Cele always reminded criminals that they will be shot at n police must shoot to kill,those experts were grinding n criticizing him, in two weeks only7 officers died in the hands of criminals, 2 R5 rifles n 5 pistol were taken, police hands r tied wit this criminal procedure Act. police do this job with love n passion,under paid bt when they shoot wit intention to defend themselves they r labeled is inadequate trained,criminals have no law preventing them to shoot n kill, I urge the SAPS members to go slow n put their lives first as they r breadwinners too

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-08-19 20:47

    Celes policy was that police shud behave like criminals to catch criminals.Which meens he technically doubled the crime in SA.He is the architect of SA's police mess.

      Dean - 2012-08-20 11:17

      Yeah I agree totally... When the police are threatened with guns, pangas and the like; they shouldn't respond with deadly force. Maybe they should give the enraged criminals a peace offering? Like a Teddy Bear? Or a bouquet of flowers hmmm? Maybe use some harsh language. That'll definitely make a bloodthirsty killer stop dead in his tracks... You're a complete idiot. These criminals shouldn't just be removed from civil society, they should be removed from the face of this planet. I bet you'd be singing a different tune if you were actually a victim.

  • africa.tshipembe - 2012-08-19 20:49

    being a cop,,infact being a citizen of this country is as good as signing your own death certificate.maybe they must jst declare a state of emergency for a year and get the army to take over policing.

      eduard.marais.5 - 2012-08-19 21:24

      The Army is in total shambles, that won't help.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-19 21:42

      @AFrica ~ The only government department that works is SARS because it's collecting the money for the cANCer to steal. Nothing works in this country anymore or haven't you been here for the last 18 years?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-19 20:54

    Oo no! When will the tears of mama South Africa dry?l

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-19 20:56

    You people will never learn to think.This story says these two police officers were killed by hijackers.not at the mine where miners were killed.Now hijackers kill just about anyone in this country.why fools bring in commisions of enquiry and miners into this it just buffles me.grow up.

      jomardl - 2012-08-19 22:38

      So true. Many people who comment here resort to these types of invalid analogies. Doesn't reflect kindly on the the average person's ability to formulate logical arguments. I think logic should be emphasized in schools.

  • denzil.davan - 2012-08-19 20:57

    Lets see if SAPS puts out 538 officers to deal with this - like they did in Marikana. All should be equipped with R5 Rifles with live ammunition. We will definately have less hijackers on our roads then !

      Tinyiko Nocket - 2012-08-19 21:13

      Oh Police r not humen beings they r just chickens cos when they die nobody complain but if was those hijackers killed u were going to complain think for them they r also human beings like u they r not robotcop or robots

      CollenNkgweng - 2012-08-19 23:32

      Go Tinyiko! lol @robotcop...

  • flaming.oven - 2012-08-19 21:06

    Residents of this once awesome country had enough. Do the right thing at the next elections, I beg of you. Total meltdown at this rate unavoidable!!

      noedig.greene - 2012-08-20 10:15

      Flamming oven remember that awesomeness was only awesome for a certain group during of people(mainly whites)

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-08-19 21:15

    If a criminal or someone in an violent mob kill a policeman little is said. If a policeman kills a criminal or someone in a violent mob (while the life of the policeman is threatened)there is hell to play. It simply does not make sense!

      George - 2012-08-20 03:16

      When we are ruled by criminals how can anything make sense?

  • eduard.marais.5 - 2012-08-19 21:23

    Bring back the death penalty. Every person that votes for the clowns that are the ANC has blood on their hands.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-08-19 21:25

    I hate hearing about these police officer being killed, my heart goes out to the families! SICK of this, they must SHOT to KILL!!!

  • andile.ntimbane - 2012-08-19 21:48

    we south africans are hypocrites...when police shoot-to-kill, we jump up and down. when this happens we shout 'shoot-to-kill'

  • mello.thebehali - 2012-08-19 21:52

    Were these officers supposed to throw buckets of water to these ruthless thugs? Where is Malema? South africans, stop being hippocriyes

      phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-08-20 01:04

      Aowa, don't think abt that idiot... None of the politicians gonna say anything because police officials are died.

  • david.thulani.98 - 2012-08-19 22:03

    its so painful ,to hear south african commenting nonsense on this platform and i wants to assure all who are happy if police died that God is watching yor hypocrites,heartless ,dishonour of yor life, i hate yor comments.

  • taffaz.banhwa - 2012-08-19 22:06

    Damn I freakin scared!!this place aint safe!anytime u can die!robberies,guns,Deaths-order of the day!!phew God help!!

  • jomardl - 2012-08-19 22:22

    Poor cops. RIP. No wonder they shoot to kill! Who needs vampires and werewolves when when these bloodthirsty monsters are running around out there for real?

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-08-19 22:28

    Ok lets scrap the courts, freedom charter,constitution and lets be an uncivilised wild west county with gun slinging policemen!

      jomardl - 2012-08-19 22:47

      What's your point, fool? This was not Marikana. The two police officers in question are dead. Would that they did shoot first, the world would be a better place tonight.

  • felleng.moeti.37 - 2012-08-19 23:41

    This is outrage, how on good god name are police suppose to be looking after us if they are getting killed like flies, Vaal what is happening to us?

  • johan.vandermerwe.33 - 2012-08-20 00:45

    Seker geskiet met die wapens wat deur die publiek in gegee is, en toe weer deur die polisie uit gegee is...!!

      Jacqueline Février Retief - 2012-08-20 05:29

      Johan. vandermerwe.33 - Dis nes jy daar sê...

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-20 00:49

    A weeks mourning. No? Thought so.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-20 00:57

    A weeks mourning. No? Thought so.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-08-20 01:18

    Its like there's nothing happened, because police officials are died, But if those thugs were killed by the police officials. All the politicians from the parliament they were supposed to be there at vereeniging, Demanding to know why those thugs are died...

  • takalani.prince - 2012-08-20 02:53

    people should be aware that the Hijackers may be Policemen too..ZA..

  • hummy.ramukhuvhathi - 2012-08-20 05:08

    Ja! Nee! Two police gunned down is just like a normal thing but if it was other way round(thugs gunned down by police) it was going to be head lines in the news around the world you name them(CNN,BBC ,ALJAZIRAS and more)

  • hummy.ramukhuvhathi - 2012-08-20 05:08

    Ja! Nee! Two police gunned down is just like a normal thing but if it was other way round(thugs gunned down by police) it was going to be head lines in the news around the world you name them(CNN,BBC ,ALJAZIRAS and more)

  • lata.manuel - 2012-08-20 07:25

    Yet another "Commission of Inquiry" will be appointed and most likely the findings will be "inconclusive" to say the least. The government loves setting up these commissions and the people seated on the commission are the ones perpetrating most of these incidents, through not providing better issuance of support systems. The money for those systems is sitting in their garage. "AMGs" "BMWs" and so forth

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-20 08:10

    those two police officers had children and family and wives,only to wake and hear the brutal reality of sad news.this is terrible.RIP COMRADES.I EXTENT MY CONDOLENCES TO THE DECEASED FAMILIES

  • johan.wolmarans.92 - 2012-08-20 08:12

    I saw this happen on Saturday night. It's my neighbours that got hijacked. The hijackers used AK's and the police picked up 18 cartridges around the bodies. They had no chance.

      dejaay.heineken - 2012-08-20 09:13

      Eish dats true johan and I understand the situation was suprise to my collegues as those crminal where havily armed! But let's their soul rest in peace!the law of dis country need to be more tough!

  • Sakhiwo Kobe - 2012-08-20 08:28

    i so wish chris hani was alive

  • ian.webmagic - 2012-08-20 08:29

    My condolences to the the families, friends and colleagues of these officers. Find these SOB's and shoot to kill. We are fed up with lawlessness in our beautiful country.

  • mimoons24 - 2012-08-20 08:32

    @ claudia meades....i just LOve reading your posts and minded and intelligent. keep it up.

  • eriki.masha - 2012-08-20 09:08

    @Claudia_Meads. The blame on crime must not just point the current government, the apartheid government condoned it amoungst black people. Crime levels have always been this high in SA, it is just that the previously advantaged group was not exposed to this horrific experiences we go through daily in townships.

  • Donne.3 - 2012-08-20 09:17

    Make that 5 SAPS members as two were killed last night while responding to an armed robbery in Jukskei Park :( R.I.P to the men who put their lives on the line and thoughts and prayers for their families.

  • mlvwk - 2012-08-20 09:46

    Punishment for serious crime in SA is hopelessly inadequate, leading to crimes like this. The first thing a police trainee in SA should be taught is that a police uniform DOES NOT MAKE YOU UNTOUCHABLE!.

  • nhla.prv - 2012-08-20 12:00

    Thugs celebrated when Cele got the chop..esp those with police buddies. maybe its really time for the rope to come back..

  • bongani.sibiya.507 - 2012-08-20 12:16

    Its time to align the police force training with the new generation savegery that we witness everyday in order to save the lives of our men in blue.These thugs are throwing our country into anarchy,we must reclaim it.

  • Zahir - 2012-08-20 12:19

    The ANC constituition gives violent criminals their human rights but nothing for victims