We never thought he would get shot - cop's family

2015-12-17 14:39
Constable Andile Nkanye, 35, who was shot in the line of duty. (Supplied)

Constable Andile Nkanye, 35, who was shot in the line of duty. (Supplied)

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Bloemfontein – The shooting and wounding of a Free State police officer has left his family in shock.   

Constable Andile Nkanye, 35, was shot while chasing a suspected robber in Bloemfontein around 02:30 on Thursday, Captain Chaka Marope said. 

“He was stopped by a member of the public, who was robbed of his cellphone. The officer chased after the suspect and a shoot-out ensued between the two, which resulted in the officer being shot in the stomach,” he said.   

The alleged robber was also wounded. Nkanye's brother Nkululeko said the family was shocked by the news.  

“We knew his job was risky, but we never thought he would get shot,” he told News24.    

His brother was in a stable but critical condition in the intensive care unit of the Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic.  

"I was in hospital this morning, and this really breaks my heart.  To see him lying there, I really couldn’t stop crying.”  

He said their mother was traumatised, disoriented, and felt helpless. Nkululeko said his brother dedicated most of his time to serving the community.  

“He really loves his job and although he was always complaining about the level of crime in the community, he kept on going to work and doing what he does best,” he said.   

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