Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Police commissioner applauds arrests of Cape cop's alleged killers

An officer was killed on Sunday night in Mfuleni and his colleague was left injured after they were shot patrolling the streets of Mfuleni. The two policemen were shot at by unknown suspects leading to the death of one of the police officers.  After hearing the news, national commissioner Khehla Sithole launched a 72 hour activation plan to mobilize and bring forth the suspects.

 The Police have arrested three suspects who were involved in the killing of one the police officer. National police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said a 52-year-old warrant officer, Hilton Joseph, with 32 years’ service and a 29-year-old constable with three years’ service at the Mfuleni police station were on patrol duty at about 10pm when they were shot by a suspect they confronted outside a tavern in Diepwater, Wesbank, Mfuleni. This comes after the death of a police who was stabbed in an apparent robbery in front of his home. The police were on high alert on Monday as they were searching high and low for the perpetrators and finally they had a breakthrough. They managed to arrest a 25-year-old male who was being sought on a double murder which was also perpetrated in the Mfuleni area recently. 

The other two suspects who accompanied the 25 year old male were tracked down and where arrested and are due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate Court. The Commissioner Khehla Sithole praised his team for their speedy response.

By Chuma Matiwane

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