Suspect tries to slit cop's throat

2013-01-16 18:23

Johannesburg - A man was shot dead after trying to cut a policeman's throat in Kimberley on Wednesday, Northern Cape police said.

Police in a patrol vehicle stopped two men and searched them, Lieutenant Donald Mdhluli said.

One man was found to be in possession of a knife, which the police confiscated. They were taken in for questioning.

"While driving to the police station, one suspect that was sitting behind the driver drew a knife and [tried to] cut the police driver's throat," said Mdhluli.

He said the officer stopped the double-cab bakkie and shot the man, who died on the scene. The other man was taken in for questioning.

"We don't know how he still had the knife, because they were searched," said Mdhluli.

The policeman was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition. His colleague was treated for shock.

  • debduplessis - 2013-01-16 18:36

    Eye and for an eye, tooth for a tooth... police must defend themselves at all costs!

      phumla.zwane.58 - 2013-01-16 19:02

      the is a story behind this.the police need to tell the true story

      Jo - 2013-01-16 19:34

      My thoughts and prayers go out to those who keep us safe.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-17 06:54

      Our police members are poorly trained. When you transport dangerous suspects you first cuff them. They will never learn. O, of course they only cuff and shackle Whites!

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-01-17 10:47

      @Jo. Its not the SAPS...

  • bongani.nxumalo.1804 - 2013-01-16 18:37

    "We don't know how he still had the knife because they were searched"??? Really!!!

      wesley.fick - 2013-01-16 18:54

      Concealing a knife, especially if its a switch blade or pocket knife, is actually really easy and there are places cops never look necause they don't expect suspects to hide anything there, like inside a shoe, underneath the sole of the shoe or in one's crotch if underpants are worn. These two cops had no reason to assume the suspects were still armed, and remember that they're usually well-trained to identify if someone is concealing a weapon or not. I'm glad both officers survived thanks to the quick reactions of the second officer. You can't threaten the life of a law enforcement officer and expect them to give in, its not what they're trained to do.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-01-16 18:55

      Clearly did not do a proper job!!

      moriri.mosweu - 2013-01-16 18:55

      cover up Bongani, cover up. But, still the police are tired of putting these criminals behind bars only for the court to release them so that they can re offend. I say minus one criminal one more innocent life saved.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-16 21:33

      bongani, don't forget that these policemen/women are still human! They can make stupid mistakes and overlook the obvious just like you have on numerous occasions!

  • Jason - 2013-01-16 18:38

    They were not searched properly. Bottom line. In this countries criminal climate police officers can not take any chances. To do so is to not value your own life. This was a sloppy mistake. And when suspects are transported in a vehicle like a car where they have access to the officers they should be handcuffed.

  • neil.lovegrove - 2013-01-16 18:42

    this ongoing incompetence by the SAPS is becoming a tired joke.

  • rogertjenkins - 2013-01-16 18:44

    This is suspect. They arrest the guy, and don't find the hidden knife. I don't think so. Or are the police so poorly trained.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-01-16 18:56

      I guess the answer to your last question is "yes"

      John - 2013-01-17 02:53

      What was the cause of the suspects arrest? What was he suspected of? This is the cops bull s h 1 t.

  • jako.merwe - 2013-01-16 18:48

    they call them handcuffs

      kenneth.fisher.750 - 2013-01-16 19:11

      Exactly! You can't pull a knife if your hands are cuffed behind your back!

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-01-16 18:54

    Another wacky side of SAPS, one was detained in apolice van by a citizen and now another 'searched' citizen tried to cut a pplice's throat in his van and the very suspect is 'no longer there' for his side of story? STRANGE indeed.

  • Siyanda.Tenza - 2013-01-16 18:56

    self defence justice served.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-16 20:12

      Siyanda, it is standard procedure to handcuff a person when being taken in as a suspect. Why did the cops not do it this time? Like the Audi case, there are just too many questions and again cops are involved

  • stephan.mumm.3 - 2013-01-16 18:59

    This sounds a bit fishy. Reminds me of the Audi R8 story, how the cops fabricate the story afterwards. How do we know the cop didn't just shoot the guy? Do you really need to shoot someone if you've evaded the first attempt at them cutting your throat?

      fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2013-01-16 20:06

      It sounds VERY fishy.

      guru100 - 2013-01-16 23:29

      sure it doesn't add up but did you notice that that the article state that the cop is in serious condition in hospital?

      John - 2013-01-17 02:46

      Read my comment please.

  • hanno.jacobs - 2013-01-16 19:06

    another fishy police story

  • neil.zive - 2013-01-16 19:14

    This like so many of the other problems in the police service is just down to poor tactical training and recruits that lack the basic skills to perform the job.

  • Jonas Sobe - 2013-01-16 19:27

    there is a training deficiency in our police, they need to be wiped out of the streets and be given proper training, in order to serve the community with confidence.

      Roger Pillay - 2013-01-16 21:30

      All you citizens complain about SAPS but when YOU in trouble,YOU rely on the very same policeman that YOU criticize daily. Don't look at the bad but instead look at the good that SAPS does. I bet most of YOU don't know about the successes of every / any police station. Respect goes a long way!!!

      John - 2013-01-17 02:38

      The useless thick arrogant thug force is the last I would call when I have trouble. God protect us from the protectors. I call my neighbors!

  • - 2013-01-16 19:35

    Police demilitarized!! Commissioner political appointee. Let's pray for our brothers

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-16 21:41

      Mpho, this is a direct result of Calder deployment. It serves the politicians well, but not the taxpayers, and this practice will only stop once the people who deploy the cadres are completely removed from office. If not, accept this to happen again and again

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-01-16 19:43


  • daniel.f.vanwijk - 2013-01-16 19:55

    The SAPS can learn from American cops how to treat and transport a suspect. Very sloppy indeed.

  • aroka.murombe - 2013-01-16 20:04

    This is a joke. They killed the guy as me

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-16 20:23

    Don't bother taking these street fu~ks 2 the cells just shoot them as u find them??

  • John - 2013-01-16 20:26

    Write the story as :Police violate men's rights by performing unlawful search, then perform unlawful arrest because men had knives (for cutting meat, bread and opening cans). What breach of the peace did these men perform to justify their arrest? Something very fishy here! Not ALL cops are honest! Most are bullying thugs with no sense of ethics. I will NEVER consent to their UNLAWFUL search!

      John - 2013-01-16 23:51

      No more than is expected from a thick thug like you! Just watch out for those of us you don't scare who defend ourselves against your criminal behaviour! No wonder so many of your MEMBERS are attacked!

  • Desperate.Dan61 - 2013-01-16 21:13

    Poor Training, but how did the victim try and cut the cops throat in the back of a bakkie, Isn't there a solid barrier. If it was when they let them out then they were simply careless. One should have been watching the other cops back. The Cops Probably left their Cuffs at home. Cuffed suspects are almost powerless to do what they did.

  • Vickie Smit Vd Walt - 2013-01-16 21:16

    First of all,this article was poorly written and does not tell the whole story.We as SAPS in Kimberley know what happened,and thats all that matters.Secondly you can all comment what you like here,it means nothing.Get well soon Pella.

      John - 2013-01-16 23:44

      YEAH , bury your criminal acts pella! It's nothing unusual amongst you and your lying thug gang.

      pieterr3 - 2013-01-16 23:47

      read my comment. its not about the whole story. its about following the books. that cop can thank his ass he is still alive. onverantwoordelik sou ek se. but still, there is no indication as to why they were searched in the first place. im from Vredendal, everybody carries a knife. till no reason to arrest them. maybe your incompetent police didnt give the reporter the right details. becaue they cant speak proper English maybe? YOU DONT PULL A KNIFE IN A GUN FIGHT. SPECIALLY AFTER THEY TOOK IT FROM YOU. I SMELL A RAT.

  • pieterr3 - 2013-01-16 23:38

    my question.... why transport criminals in a vehicle that does not protect our law enforcement? why use an open vehicle? come on SA wake up a bit. if you as a law enforcement agent are gonna be slack about your OWN safety, you need to be jobless.

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-17 06:28

    We searched them ha ha ha,they searched the one guy,found the knife and then loaded them in the dc,cops are dying because they are not following procedures.

  • Vickie Smit Vd Walt - 2013-01-17 14:40

    Get your hands on the Diamond Fields Advertiser(local Kimberley newspaper) and read the article and eyewitness reports.Dont spread your own gossip,please.

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