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Hunt still on for highway shooters

2013-02-07 12:30

Johannesburg - Gauteng police were on Thursday still searching for four men who shot and wounded two police officers on the M2 highway in Johannesburg.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said no arrests had been made yet.

Constable Lufhuno Maremba, one of the two policemen wounded in the attack on Tuesday, remained in hospital.

On Wednesday his colleague, Constable Anthony Magalebata, was discharged.

The men were both shot in the upper body when they tried to pull over a Mercedes Benz while patrolling the highway. The four occupants opened fire on them with assault rifles.

Comments
  • james.bondiski - 2013-02-07 12:40

    hope they catch the scum and have to shoot them.

  • james.bondiski - 2013-02-07 12:55

    Find and kill mission. do not capture!!!!

  • flynn.govender - 2013-02-07 12:58

    Does our police personal have the required training to do their jobs? I would imagine that if a SAPS pulls a suspicious car over to the side of the road, the SAPS would demand that all occupants get out of the car with their hands in the air because of safety measures. Thereafter the cops can search the occupants, arrest them if required. Here I think that the SAPS just approached the vehicle

      flysouth - 2013-02-07 16:34

      They are poorly trained. There is a proper way to pull over a car and approach it and clearly they often do not do this, as in this case. Done correctly this procedure allows the car occupants no chance to shoot at cops and any attempt will inevitably result in the criminals being shot first.

  • heathway.master - 2013-02-07 13:10

    In my opinion our police are very poorly trained. If one observes how other police forces in 1st world countries approach and handle suspects, they are extremely cautious and have set procedures to prevent being injured or shot themselves. All our police should also be issued with a sidearm as well as an automatic rifle, so that they can better defend themselves. Shooting a policeman should be one of those crimes where parole is never granted, and the criminals must remain in prison for the rest of their lives. This sentence should also apply to all armed robbers and drug dealers apprehended. But then again in SA the criminal appears to have greater rights than the victim.

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2013-02-07 13:20

    Working cops being shot with stolen SAP weapons now it seems.

  • Mathabo Maphosa - 2013-02-07 13:27

    I wish i understood how all this work but hey, police were shoot and now there's a search for these scum. community member calls in similar situation and the same police take time to respond!!

  • fragtion - 2013-02-07 15:05

    To all the idealists insisting that the cops could have handled this better, please help me UNDERSTAND how exactly the police would have been better-off handling such careless, wreckless, impulsive criminals, by saying "Get out of the vehicle with your hands up". Yes training matters, but when the enemy pulls out an assault rifl, aims it at you and fires all in the space of half a second, I'd love to know what training guide is going to help you better deal with that situation. Assault rifles in the hands of a criminal gang is not such a trivial matter to dissolve, please get realistic

  • mike.matshaba.7 - 2013-02-07 15:44

    To catch those criminals the police must descripe the car and model, that will be of much help.Criminals are not from outerspace they live amongst us and it could the man next door.

  • victor.mathenjwa.5 - 2013-02-07 16:49

    What's the use of hunting the shooters cause they will be realised after two dayz.We are even afraid to report cause we will be victimised and we won't be protected.Tired now aggg

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