Gunman opened fire on off duty police officer in Samora Machel

The Hawks have undertaken an investigation, after an off duty police constable was killed and his two friends injured after they came under fire from an unknown gunman in Samora Machel on Wednesday evening.

‘’Reports at the disposal of police indicate the three were sitting in a vehicle in Oliver Tambo Road in Samora Machel when a lone gunman approached the vehicle and fired several shots at the occupants,’’ Brigadier Novela Potelwa said in a statement.

Potelwa added that Constable Khanyisa Ernest Sitofile died in hospital in Lentegeur.

29-year-old Constable Sitofile, who resided in Khayelitsha, worked at the Phillipi East station for three and half years.

His colleagues at Phillipi East police station described the death as a ‘’tragic loss of a quiet member who was dedicated to his work.’’

Done By: Mitchum George