Final salute for slain Cape Town policeman killed in factory robbery

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The late Sergeant Nametso Molema (From memorial display)
The late Sergeant Nametso Molema (From memorial display)
  • Slain Table View police officer Nametso Molema was honoured at a wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service on Thursday. 
  • His colleagues gave him a final salute at the solemn ceremony. 
  • Three people are in custody for the robbery that Molema and a colleague responded to before he was killed. 

Table View police officer Sergeant Nametso Molema was honoured at a wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service on Thursday after being shot in the head while attempting to stop a business robbery. 

A cold wind carried the mournful notes of The Last Post as Western Cape police commissioner Thembisile Patekile and other high-ranking officers placed yellow wreaths next to wooden crosses in the police station's garden. 

Sympathisers had tied ribbons and flowers on the palisade fence of the police station, which covers a vast and rapidly developing precinct north of the Cape Town CBD. 

Family and friends of Molema walked solemnly to the awning set up for them and watched quietly as officers gave the final salute, with heads bowed and caps in hand.

A memorial service at the Milnerton Aquatic Club followed.

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Molema and colleague Sergeant Malibongwe Mnani responded to a call for help at a factory in Killarney Gardens on payday last Friday. 

The robbers held staff at gunpoint and then ran out, shooting. 

Molema was shot in the head and died soon afterwards. Mnani was shot in the leg and is recovering from his injury. 

A massive operation involving the police, aerial support and local armed response companies fanned out to catch the robbers.

The factory area is near exit routes to the N7, and the busy Potsdam and Koeberg roads, with footpaths leading out of the area, snaking through shacks and wetlands. 

Two people were arrested during the operation last Friday, and another two in Bellville on Saturday. 

One person, who was shot, was cut loose as he could not be linked to the robbery. He is suspected to have been hit in the chaos as people ran for cover during the crossfire.

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Baxolele Matolo and Luyanda Futile have appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court, charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. 

Another suspect, Gcinikhaya Mbuluka, is still in hospital under police guard. 

Matolo was on parole for another murder at the time of Friday's shooting. 

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