Teen held for Cape Town metro cop murder

2012-10-15 07:18

Johannesburg - An 18-year-old youth has been arrested for allegedly killing a Cape Town metro police officer in Khayelitsha, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Mpumelelo Hubert Xakekile, 50, was issuing a fine to a taxi driver on Wednesday evening when he was shot dead, Captain Frederick van Wyk said.

Two men, including the teenager, were arrested by the Khayelitsha Tactical Response Team on Friday.

After interrogation, one of the men was released and the 18-year-old would be charged with Xakekile's murder in Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Van Wyk said police were still searching for a second suspect.

Last week, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said that Xakekile was shot dead while issuing a fine to a taxi driver when two men fired live rounds at him.

Xakekile had served in the metro police for 10 years.

De Lille said she had requested R50 000 to be made available as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

  • Beverley Ainsworth - 2012-10-15 07:58


      noedig.greene - 2012-10-15 14:44

      Gangsterism is like marriage it looks fancy from outside looking in,but most of those who are in want to go out and vice versa.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-15 08:17

    Little piece of Cr@p...!

  • Muneer23 - 2012-10-15 08:38

    Its really sad to think that the average age of gangsters on the Cape Flats are between 14-17yrs, and that the fact that they are capable of comitting such horrific acts is even more saddening. Peer pressure and the sense of "wanting to fit in" has a lot do with this. Measurements needs to be put in place to ensure that these kids donot steer off course

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-10-15 08:38

    18 year old teen? When I was 18 I had to go do military service...mayb SA should reinstate that again

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-10-15 09:40

      Yes - Its the way to go , compulsory miltary training for anyone over 15 and not in school. That should encourage the youth to stay in school or else they would be forced to join the military where they will learn some skills and some discipline.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-15 08:45

    There's an 18 year old who has destroyed two lives -- the cop's and his own. Dumb.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-15 08:50

      Yup - AND the families on both sides

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-15 09:05

    What is happening in this country, are people just angry at the police. Few months ago there was a similar story where a metro police was shot at while issuing a ticket to a taxi driver.

  • Neil Alberts - 2012-10-15 09:15

    bring back the death Penalty!!! for murders, rapist's!! lets have a referendum on this, common ANC lets stop the crime by harsher punishment for criminals! The teenager deserves to rot!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-15 09:22

    Freedom to do what you want whenever you please as a child leads to these disgusting actions when you grow up.

      noedig.greene - 2012-10-15 14:34

      Good point Mshini

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-15 10:03

    Terrible, an eightteen year old and already a murderer in cold blood. Where are we heading?.

  • ana.curcic - 2012-10-15 10:31

    Bring back the death penalty, please !

  • Iqhawe_eliqotho - 2012-10-15 10:49

    Let us remember that as he may have had the choice to finally pull the trigger he may not have had the same for poor judgement. Despite this possibility, justice must prevail. Another young mind screaming for direction, belonging and wholesome teaching.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-15 12:19

    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze an 18 year old killing someone point blank?! Do they think it's a movie? What is going on?!

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-15 13:17

    With the forecast population growth, mainly in communities that can least afford it, the incidence of the youth raping and murdering will only grow progressively worse with time. The Department of Health needs to get more pro-active and supportive with education, family planning, contraception and sadly ....the trrmination of unplanned/unwanted pregnancy. Our cultures that do not give women a choice regarding their own bodies also contributes big time to the numbers of 'lost youth' who turn to gangs etc to compensate for a poor quality of home life. From birth they are in constant competition with siblings for scarce resources and opportunities. What happens today will affect what is happening on the ground in 16 years time. We need to understand that today is already late, but maybe and with hope, not too late.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 16:32

    He is an adult at 18 years of age, life sentence please.

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