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OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICIAL KILLED AND TWO ON-DUTY POLICE OFFICIALS WOUNDED IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS
2021/11/18      |  Written By:  Colonel A Mathe   |   Province:  Gauteng

Pretoria: 17 November 2021 - The South African Police Service(SAPS) is calling for a heightened collaborative approach and cooperation between communities and police following the killing of an off-duty police officer and an attack on two on-duty police officers in Gauteng in the last 24-hours.

In the first incident, an off-duty police officer attached to the Orlando Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Investigations Unit (FCS) was robbed of his service pistol by three males after being shot multiple times. The member sadly succumbed to his injuries on scene. This incident happened in Freedom Park in Soweto on Tuesday evening just after 22:00.  A case of murder and armed robbery have been registered and no arrests have been made as yet.

In the second incident, two members attached to the Pretoria Public Order Policing (POP) Unit were shot at while on patrol in a police Nyala in Extension 6, Akasia last night. The area was engulfed by unrests during the day due to evictions that were taking place.

Both members were taken to a local hospital where they are recieving further medical treatment. The  two front tyres of the police nyala have also  been damaged as a result of the shooting. A case of attempted murder and malicious damage to property have  been registered. No arrests have been made thus far.

Police are reminding communities that they remain the eyes and ears of all law enforcement agencies and are pivotal to the reduction of crimes especially those that are serious and violent in nature.

Gauteng Police have since launched the 72-hour activation plan in a bid to apprehend those responsible for the murder amd attack of the police officials.

Communities who may have information on both incidents are encouraged to call the Crime Stop Hotline Number on 086 00 10111 or download the MySaps App on any android or smart phone.