Wednesday, June 28, 2006

SAPS pay tribute to officers killed at Jeppestown

By Tando Mfengwana

South African Police Service payed tribute to four fallen heroes of a gruesome gun-battle that broke out between the police and about 19 gang members. The gun-battle occurred after a robbery at a Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Honeydew, Johannesburg. Eight of the suspects were killed and eleven were taken into police custody after giving up arms to the massive police presence around their alleged base house in Jeppestown. Four senior ranked policemen were killed during the shoot-out. The police were led to the house in Jeppestown and were met by a heavily armed gang. Inspector Frederick van Heerden (32) and Inspector Nzama Victor Mathye (49) were of the West Rand Dog Unit, Sergeant Gert Schoeman (30) was of the West Rand Emergency Response Services and Constable Peter Francois Seaward (31) from the Johannesburg Dog Unit were gunned down inside the house while trying to protect the public.

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