Security guard killed by cops - IPID

2012-12-13 10:02

Johannesburg - A security guard was shot and killed at a bank in Bothaville in the Free State, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said on Wednesday.

The shooting took place on Monday after police received a report about intruders inside a branch of Absa Bank, spokesperson Moses Dlamini said in a statement.

"The police responded by rushing to the scene at the same time security guards from Fidelity in Welkom also rushed to the same scene.

"The security guards apparently parked their vehicle at the back of the bank whilst the police members were parked at the main entrance in front of the bank."


He said both the police and the security guards were armed with pistols and rifles.

"It is alleged that the security guards approached the main entrance from different angles."

He said a guard approached two officers standing behind marked police cars. They shouted at him to stop, Dlamini said.

"It is alleged that the security guard did not stop but continued running towards the police members with a rifle in his hand despite a warning shot having been fired."

The officers shot him and he died at the scene. The IPID took over the scene and the investigation.

Dlamini said there were no independent witnesses at the scene and no intruders were found inside the bank.

"No arrests have been made. The investigation continues."

  • nico.loubser.180 - 2012-12-13 10:15

    Ek gaan duim vas hou vir julle. Poliesiewerk is nie maklik nie. Ons het 10 sekondes om te besluit watse aksie ons gaan neem en dan het die wereld jare om te kla hoe sleg die besluit was. Wees sterk manne!

      miquette.caalsen - 2012-12-13 10:48

      Translation: "I will cross fingers for you. Police work is not easy. We have 10 seconds to decide which action to take and then the world has years to complain how bad the decision was. Stand strong men!"

      john.silver.3572846 - 2012-12-13 10:49

      10 seconds is usually 8 more than reality. Tough tough deal for everyone. That men are brave enough to drive towards danger to start with makes them a cut above the rest.

      nico.loubser.180 - 2012-12-13 10:50

      thank you miquette :)

      miquette.caalsen - 2012-12-13 11:10

      You're welcome Nico :) And seriously to the #### that thumbed-down me for doing a translation, are you for real? A bit sad or more likely OCD about that down thumb button? I was simply being courteous to a person who does not speak Afrikaans - what is horrible about that?

      Sharon - 2012-12-13 11:30

      I was also a Reservist, and sometimes it is 2 seconds to make a decision - you or him.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-13 15:51

      miquette.caalsen - Thanks Miquette for the translation.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-13 15:54

      It is quite sad that a good guy has to die.The high rate of violent crimes in SA has got everyone on edge hence this sort of unfortunate incident,My condolences to the family of the deceased.

      John - 2012-12-18 05:07

      Typical support the half trained blue line thug brigade! Were the cops lives in immediate danger? Obviously not! Warning shot? I doubt it! A lazy fat thug can run 30 metres in 10 seconds! How long between warning shot and kill shot? Work it out! Bloody liars!

  • Thabiso Davis Davis - 2012-12-13 10:37

    agree more omonaija: imagine if 10 people were to comment in Sepedi: so stpd

      nico.loubser.180 - 2012-12-13 10:52

      Somment in whatever language you feel comfortable in, even if it is Sepedi.

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-13 12:33


      eric.tau.35 - 2012-12-13 14:48

      @nice.loubser.180 kante o tseba spedi smaumau. O rata o sokodisa fela

      harry.boesman - 2012-12-13 18:20

      Licet unoquoque lingua sua scribere -- hoc modo, alii interpretes ipsos stultos demonstrant, dum ipsos sophos putant. Numquam liberte eloqui desistamus!

  • harry.boesman - 2012-12-13 11:28

    If the reported events are true, it is simply a sad case of making the wrong response in the wrong place at the wrong time. Everybody should understand that the police are on hyper-alert when they arrive at a reported crime scene, and that anyone found there must first be vetted to determine whether he/she is a threat. Failing to comply and fully cooperate may easily have tragic consequences. One MUST fully comply and identify yourself, and allow the police to secure the area and themselves without questioning their actions. It is a sad turn of events for both the deceased and the officer who was only doing his duty in the best way he could, given the split-second in which he had to decide what to do. I hope that the family of the deceased, as well as the officer concerned, will receive support and counselling.

      wwbantwini - 2012-12-13 16:33

      Thanks for your comforting comments Harry. I have to say that since there was 2 security guards on the scene, it puzzles me that there are no comments from the other guard! I hope this is not yet another life lots due to our SAPS lack of respect for human lives!

      John - 2012-12-18 04:43

      Would your comment be the same if the cops got shot? Having been CONTRACTED by the bank to respond the security had authority over the situation not the trigger happy half trained shoot to kill thugs called SAPS! At what point was the life of the SAPS MEMBER threatened? Cops wonder why their SUSPECTS shoot to kill first. If you surrender you'll be shot by a mistrained thug who could quite easily be one of SAPS corrupt criminal MEMBERS!

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