Off-duty Cape Town cop hijacked, shot dead

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  • A 35-year-old police officer has been shot dead in Eerste River.
  • He is believed to have been hijacked and shot in the neck.
  • Popcru this week decried what it called an "alarming rise" in police killings, totaling 38 within the last eight months across the country.

An off-duty officer was shot dead in Cape Town in the early hours of Thursday, Western Cape police have said.

The 35-year-old sergeant was gunned down in Eerste River after allegedly being hijacked. He was shot in his neck and transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, spokesperson FC Van Wyk said.

"The scene of crime still needs to be established and reconstructed," he added.

The officer had been stationed at Lentegeur’s visible policing unit.

The Hawks are investigating the case.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Wednesday decried what it called an "alarming rise" in police killings, totalling 38 within the last eight months across the country.

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"Within a space of 10 days in the month of August, at least six officers have perished at the hands of criminality, with at least one having survived an attack," said spokesperson Richard Mamabolo.

Union president Zizamele Cebekhulu said officers "should not die with their firearms", saying:

It has been far too long that the issues of police safety have been put by the wayside, and we cannot afford to stand idle. We urgently need a formulation of protective and preventative strategies necessary to protect our police officers.

"Improved exertions" to better understand why police officers continues to be killed were needed, Cebekhulu said, as well as "preventative, interventionist and protective strategies" and measures to reduce the number of officers being killed every year.

"Moreover, the randomness and apparent targeting of police members even while off duty would inevitably [be] increasing members’ feelings of unsafety and insecurity. It is clear fact that police officers are being singled out as targets for attack irrespective of being in or out of uniform. In other words, they are known and identified in their neighbourhoods as police personnel."

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