Acting National Police Commissioner condemns the killing of two police officers in separate incidents

Pretoria: The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane has, in the strongest possible terms, condemned the killing of two police officers in separate incidents in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces.

General Tsumane has instructed the implementation of the 72-hour Activation Plan to track down the alleged killers of the two constables aged 36 years.

In Kwa-Zulu Natal, the incident occurred at KwaMashu Hostel where the Ethekwini Inner North Cluster police were conducting an operation yesterday evening around 18:00. The members heard gunshot sounds emanating from the informal settlement within the hostel and proceeded to investigate. Two suspects were spotted and two police officers chased after them. The suspects opened fire at the police officers, wounding a 28 year old member and the 36 year old constable.

In Gauteng, the incident occurred when the police came across a robbery in progress while conducting routine patrols in the Malvern area of Johannesburg. It is alleged that the police saw one of the suspects fleeing the scene and the 36 year old member chased after the suspect on foot. The member was fatally shot at the corner of David and Mars streets.

The Acting National Commissioner has condemned this continuous onslaught on our police officers. We have been doing well in combatting the scourge of serious crimes around the country but at the expense of several of our members”, said General Tsumane.

“The time is now for our communities to rally behind the police to put an end to these continuous attacks on the authority of the State”, added General Tsumane.

Police killers live within our communities. We need to reclaim our streets and the police alone will not win these crimes against the State. Therefore, communities are urged to rally behind the police to overcome these and all other serious crimes.

In the meantime, General Tsumane had conveyed his condolences to the families of the members who had paid the ultimate price in their efforts to ensure that all in South Africa are and feel safe.

General Tsumane has also conveyed his well wishes to the member that is recovering in hospital.

Source: South African Police Service