- Another police officer has been shot and killed in KwaZulu-Natal.
- The 55-year-old captain was gunned down in what appeared to be an orchestrated attack.
- While fleeing from the police, the suspects robbed and shot another motorist.
A KwaZulu-Natal police officer was gunned down on his way to work, bringing to five the number of officers killed in the province in recent weeks.
The 55-year-old captain, whose identity will be revealed once his next of kin have been informed, was stationed at the Umkomaas detective branch.
Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said the officer was on his way to work in a state vehicle on the M14 in the Roseneath area in Umkomaas, when four men followed him in a vehicle.
Muridili said Umkomaas police officers who were patrolling the area spotted a vehicle speeding off and decided to give chase.
The suspects' vehicle crashed but they got out, robbed and shot a motorist, and fled in the victim's vehicle.
She said the police were still trying to follow up leads and that murder and carjacking cases were opened for investigation.
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She added that a 72-hour activation plan was implemented "to mobilise all the necessary resources to investigate this incident".
"We are appealing to anyone who might have witnessed this attack on our member, or anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects, to call Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or to send tip-offs on the My SAPS app. All information received will be treated with confidentiality."
Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele called on the police to use deadly force within the ambit of the law after several officers were targeted in KZN and the Western Cape.
Cele visited KZN and the homes of slain officers Sergeant Makhosaze Mdlangathi and Sergeant Mfikelwa Mtolo, who were stationed at the Plessislaer and Richmond police stations.
Unknown gunmen ambushed and killed them in Taylors Halt in the Umgungundlovu district last weekend.
While on duty on 18 February, Constable Royal Mfihloyakhe Ndlovu, 44, responded to a domestic violence complaint in Chatsworth, Durban. Ndlovu was shot in the chest upon entering the house of the complainant and died at the scene.
Last Sunday, also in KZN, Constable Mbuso Nzimela was assaulted and stabbed to death.