Call for arrests after police officer shot, killed in eMalahleni home

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  • Mpumalanga Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe has called for swift arrests after a police officer was shot and killed over the weekend.
  • The TRT member was killed at his home in eMalahleni. 
  • The MEC urged those with information to come forward.

Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has called on the police to work around the clock to urgently arrest those responsible for the killing of a police officer attached to the Tactical Response Team (TRT) in eMalahleni.

The officer was attacked and shot at his home on Saturday at about 20:30.

Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said a case of murder was being investigated after unknown assailants attacked Sergeant Joseph Christopher Kutu at his home.

"He was shot and [wounded and] died on arrival in hospital," Muridili said.

The officer's wife was in the bedroom during the attack but was left unharmed.

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According to Shongwe, the assailants made off with a firearm, ammunition and cash.

Shongwe has condemned the incident and appealed to members of the public with information regarding the incident to come forward.

"Such callousness should never be allowed to thrive in any society. Communities must respect the police because they are our last line of defence in the fight against criminals. We must help the police to urgently bring to book those who are responsible," Shongwe said.

He has called on the police and law enforcement officers to remain undeterred in the fight against crime.

"Such acts of cowardice should not discourage our law enforcement officers [and] they [should] remain resolute and spurred on to make our communities safer," Shongwe said.


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