MEC condemns 'atrocious' police shooting

2011-08-02 18:06

Johannesburg - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Nonhlanhla Mazibuko has condemned the "atrocious" shooting of the Rosebank police station commander and another officer.

"It is sad that the incident took place on the first day of Women's Month, where we were supposed to be celebrating women in leadership", Mazibuko said in a statement on Tuesday.

A police clerk entered the Rosebank police station in Johannesburg at 15:45 on Monday, went into station commander Lieutenant Colonel Thandi Mkhize's office and shot her and Captain Neelavathi Naidu.

Naidu and the clerk, who turned the gun on himself, died on the scene.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa could not say if the clerk had been on duty or suspended.

Last week, a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of mishandling firearms.

Mkhize was still in a critical condition in Milpark Hospital on Tuesday.

Mazibuko called on police leadership to remain "unwavering" in the enforcement of discipline within the police force.

"It is only a disciplined service that can effectively and efficiently discharge its responsibility of keeping citizens safe from criminality," she said.

No reason

The SA Police Union (Sapu) also expressed its dismay.

"Sapu finds this violent attack unacceptable and there is no justification for it. We want to state our dismay and anger at this action of cowardice," said Sapu general secretary Oscar Skommere.

"There is absolutely no reason a member has to use violent and unlawful means to settle challenges," he said.

Skommere said it was unacceptable for individuals to kill innocent people and thereafter commit suicide.

Difficult circumstances

Earlier on Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance sent its condolences to Naidu's family, colleagues and friends.

"Our police officers put themselves on the line to keep us safe, very often in difficult circumstances, with not enough remuneration and not enough equipment," DA spokesperson Kate Lorimer said in a statement.

"It is tragic that such an incident could occur in what should be a safe environment."

The DA also wished Mkhize a speedy recovery.

  • FIO - 2011-08-02 18:11

    It really irks me that the very people responsible for creating the society we have condemn the results thereof, without doing something about it! Words mean nothing when people die, do something about it! Wake up!

      DPG - 2011-08-03 12:21

      do what exactly??

  • Nongoloza - 2011-08-02 18:31

    What a dysfunctional police force, their own kind killing themselves. Well done to the anc for practically destroying a once effective police force. All the fat anc black cats can think about is enriching themselves, these government depts are not about serving the public, they are about amassing as much money as they can while the goings good and the whites in the private sector are funding everything with their taxes.

      DPG - 2011-08-03 12:23

      annie maybe you should do some reading yourself. it was a suspended policeman but was still a policeman anyways

  • umhlopo - 2011-08-02 18:41

    All policeman should have to re apply for their jobs and then be checked out properly before they are re employed.I guarantee you that at least 60% of them will be without work

      kby annie - 2011-08-03 02:18

      It wasn't a policeman who did the was a civilian.....Reading must be really difficult for some...

      knalpot - 2011-08-09 13:49

      Annie....a "police clerk", yes it really must be difficult for you to read. Can I have some of the mountain cabbage that youre smoking?

  • Eric West - 2011-08-02 18:48

    This is what happens when you have racist laws which reserve jobs for blacks, no matter how incompetent they are! Finish en klaar.

      Nongoloza - 2011-08-02 18:56


      Kraut - 2011-08-02 20:03

      just an "Police Festival", everybody brings his gun, and after the big "shoot out", we know who's the boss. Then fire the remaining bunch and start from scraps!

      DPG - 2011-08-03 12:26

      I dont think whites have the balls for this job anyways and I'm not black. all whites do are complain just like blacks. all one and the same.

  • Martin - 2011-08-02 19:00

    First day of women's month has nothing to do with this act!! Put it down to lack of respect, violent nature, dishonesty, culture of entitlement, improper screening of employee's and the abnormally violent nature of South African society that is condoned!!!

  • Donald - 2011-08-03 09:55

    There is nothing unusual about this incident - it happens all the time.... this incident is just particularly horrific. It is tragic and sympathies to the bereaved. It is, however, the 'African' way of dealing with conflict. I was a medic in the army and treated more gunshot wounds where 'comrades' shot each other over some trivial grievance than I did where the injuries were from acts of war.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-08-03 10:15

    Well done Bheki. Shoot first. Its seems its OK to shoot citizens. Is it not atrocious to shoot citizens. This is the culture that has been created in this country. If you do not agree with someone or something then kill, burn, loot and detroy. This is what you can expect from police who make headlines daily being complicit in all forms of crime in this country.

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