Police ‘devastated’ by brutal murder

Brig Vuyisile Ncata addresses bereaved family members in their home in Philippi.
Brig Vuyisile Ncata addresses bereaved family members in their home in Philippi.

A family of a slain Philippi police officer is relieved after three suspects were arrested in connection with the murder.

Const Asanda Siyoko (30) from Nyanga police station was gunned down while on duty with her colleagues, in Old Crossroads, on Monday 8 June. The suspects were arrested on the night of the murder.

On Tuesday 9 June, members of the Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) and Siyoko’s colleagues visited the family to offer their condolences.

Siyoko’s uncle, Nkosiyabo Siyoko thanked the police for their handling of their case. He said the family is going ahead with funeral arrangements. “The police visited us and told us they will inform the family about the case after we have buried Asanda. So, for now we are not concerned about the case. We will see it when we come back from the funeral,” said Nkosiyabo.

He described his niece as humble and a down to earth person. “Asanda loved her job. She was always talking about it even at home. She said she dedicated her life to her work,” he stated.

Station commander Brig Vuyisile Ncata said they are devastated by the death of Siyoko. He described Siyoko as a good colleague who devoted her life to her job. “We visited the family to convey the words of condolence. We wanted them to be strong. Siyoko wasn’t only their child, she also belongs to the community of Nyanga at large,” said Ncata.

Nyanga CPF chair Martin Maseko urged the law to take its course. “The judges must ensure that the perpetrators rot in jail. The communities need to know that when they are killing the police they are also killing the state,” he said. He appealed to government to ban the selling of alcohol again. “Ever since there was an upliftment of banning the alcohol regulation, incidents of crime escalated. We need government to reconsider the selling of alcohol during the lockdown,” said Makasi.

In a statement from national police commissioner police Gen Khehla Sitole said he welcomed the arrest of three men but at the same time condemned the killing of a 30-year-old constable in Crossroads. “Last night (8 June) members from Nyanga police station were on patrol when they observed a spaza shop that was still open. They went in to investigate in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations when a man emerged from behind them and started shooting at the members. The constable was seriously wounded and she died later on,” said Sitole. He added that the police fired shots at the fleeing suspect. “He (suspect) fell a short distance away from the scene and was taken to a medical facility. The 22-year-old suspect remains in hospital under police guard,” he said. Sitole said the family and colleagues of the deceased police official are receiving trauma counseling while condolences from police management are pouring in.

Siyoko will be buried on Saturday 20 June.

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