Murdered cops named

2013-10-17 17:21
A man suspected of child abuse is in hospital after being beaten by angry residents in Kwa Nobuhle, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police have said. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A man suspected of child abuse is in hospital after being beaten by angry residents in Kwa Nobuhle, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police have said. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Western Cape police have revealed the names of the two officers, who were killed during a shoot-out in the Siqala informal settlement in Philippi.

Two police officers were killed and another wounded during the shoot-out, police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut said officers searched residences in the area on Wednesday around 22:00 for people wanted in connection with armed robberies in the area.

"Upon entering the dwelling the suspects opened fire at police officers. During a shoot-out with the robbers, one suspect was wounded and arrested and his 9mm firearm confiscated.

"The wounded police officer is being treated in hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition. The suspect is also being treated in hospital under police guard."

One of the officers who was shot dead, Constable Viwe Mpambane, 34, was stationed at Manenberg, and the other, Sergeant Mteteleli Damse, 39, was stationed at Mitchell's Plain.

Traut said the police had reason to believe more people were involved in the shooting but managed to evade arrest. The people responsible could regard themselves as "extremely wanted".

"The Western Cape police management would like to express their sincere condolences to the families of the slain members, as well as to their colleagues.

"Our fight against crime will continue in all earnest and we will not be deterred by attacks launched at us," Traut said.

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