Two female police officers gunned down in 2 days

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National police commissioner General Fannie Masemola said Saps will not rest until the suspects responsible for the senseless attacks and killings are apprehended.
National police commissioner General Fannie Masemola said Saps will not rest until the suspects responsible for the senseless attacks and killings are apprehended.
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  • Constable Prudence Maseko, 34, was shot dead on her way to work in Putfontein in Ekurhuleni on Wednesday.
  • In the second incident, 26-year-old Constable Shamila Arendse was shot and killed outside her home in Delft in the Western Cape on Tuesday evening.
  • In a separate incident, two other officers attached to the Benoni Flying Squad were shot while patrolling the N12 between Benoni and Daveyton.

National police commissioner General Fannie Masemola has directed the provincial commissioners of Gauteng and the Western Cape to ensure maximum mobilisation of resources after two female officers were killed this week.

In the first incident, 34-year-old Constable Prudence Maseko was shot dead on her way to work in Putfontein in Ekurhuleni on Thursday.

"The member was shot several times and, thereafter, disarmed of her service pistol. At the time of her death, the member had ten years serving and was attached to the Daveyton police station," said police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe.

In the second incident, 26-year-old Constable Shamila Arendse was shot dead outside her home in Delft in the Western Cape on Tuesday night.

Arendse was attached to the Table Bay Harbour police station in Cape Town and was off-duty at the time of her death, Mathe said.

Recently, two officers attached to the Benoni Flying Squad were shot while patrolling the N12 between Benoni and Daveyton.

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Mathe said 34-year-old Warrant Officer Josias Mpepe had succumbed to his injuries, while 33-year-old Constable Vusi Nhlapo was wounded and receiving medical attention.

"The killing of our men and women in blue is an attack on the authority of the state and further undermines the rule of law.

"We have ensured maximum mobilisation of resources to apprehend these killers. We will not rest until their apprehended and answer to these senseless attacks and killings," Masemola said.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have information to call the Crime Stop hotline number on 0860 010111.


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