Service firearms of slain Cape Town cops found after raid

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Two Cape Town police officers were killed.
Two Cape Town police officers were killed.
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  • The firearms which belonged to two murdered Kraaifontein police officers were found during a raid in Khayelitsha on Thursday night.
  • It has emerged that a female passenger found in the police van at the time of the cop killings was seriously injured during the attack. 
  • A charge of attempted murder has been added to two murder charges against Mxoleleni Sikhala, 32, who was arrested shortly after the killings.

Western Cape police have tracked down two missing service pistols confirmed to be the firearms of the two slain police officers who were killed in an ambush in Bloekombos in Kraaifontein last weekend.

The police officers, 46-year-old Sergeant Mnakwazo Mdoko and 28-year-old Mninawa Breakfast, were on patrol in Phumla Street, Bloekombos at around 01:25 on Sunday when their patrol vehicle came under fire.

Both Mdoko and Breakfast were declared dead at the scene. They had been robbed of their official firearms.

A female passenger who was also in the police van at the time of the shooting, was seriously wounded during the attack.

On Friday, it emerged that police found the two firearms during a raid in Khayelitsha on Thursday night. 

The intelligence-led police operation resulted in the arrest of nine suspects for the possession of unlicensed firearms in Khayelitsha. 

Two of the firearms found have been positively identified as belonging to the slain officers.

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Police arrested 32-year-old Mxoleleni Sikhala shortly after the murders.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) earlier said a charge of attempted murder was added to the two murder charges against Sikhala.

He appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on two counts of murder, attempted murder, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. His case was postponed to next Tuesday.

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At a memorial service for the slain officers on Thursday, Police Minister Bheki Cele said he was aware of the woman who was in the police van at the time of the attack.

"We are currently investigating that. It's true that there were three people, somebody was injured and is currently in hospital and the investigation is going to tell us what really happened. The matter is with the Hawks."

Cele reiterated his call for harsher punishment to be meted out to those who attacked and killed police officers.

"This breakthrough as a result of combined efforts of DPCI together with Crime Intelligence, Flying Squad and the Tactical Response teams is paying off and I am encouraged that the SAPS in the province has taken up the call to find the police killers, dead or alive."

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