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Off duty police Constable killed, two injured in Samora Machel shooting


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

CAPE TOWN - An off duty police constable has died 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.

All three were injured. Sadly Constable Khanyisa Ernest Sitofile died in hospital in Lentegeur.

Twenty-nine-year-old Constable Sitofile, who lived in Khayelitsha, was attached to the Phillipi East police station. He had worked at the 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. The Western Cape SAPS management has conveyed heartfelt condolences to the constable’s family and colleagues.

The Hawks have undertaken the investigation.


Brigadier Novela Potelwa
082 559 4676