Off-duty cop shot in face at car wash

2015-08-06 17:29
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Cape Town - A 52-year-old off-duty Western Cape policeman was shot in the face while at a Mitchell’s Plain car wash on Thursday afternoon.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembinkosi Kinana said the warrant officer was waiting for his car at a garage at the corner of Cedar and Boshof streets in Westridge, when an unknown number of men walked past.

“One then opened fire, hitting the officer in his face. They then fled the scene,” Kinana said.

The policeman was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Mitchell’s Plain Cluster Community Police Forum chairperson Hanif Loonat was incensed by what he labelled a “brazen attack”.

“I have been informed that the officer is out of danger, but this doesn’t make the incident less serious. It points to the total disregard shown to those who uphold the law in our communities,” he said.

“We should be working together with SAPS to rid our streets of criminals, not attacking them. Anyone with information is urged to take it to the authorities – someone out there knows who these gunmen are.

“It is our duty to bring them to justice.”

Kinana confirmed a case of attempted murder was being investigated.

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