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Memorial service of the three KZN police officers held

Media Statement from KwaZulu Natal Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Today, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni attended the memorial service of the two fallen police officers in Harding SAPS. As the province we mourn the passing our dedicated police officers who died in the line of duty. Since she could not be in two places simultaneously, she delegated the Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Major General Phindile Radebe to attend the memorial service in KwaMashu SAPS.

On 30 April 2015 at approximately 21:30, three police officers from Harding police station responded to an alarm that went off in one of the wholesalers in the Harding town. Unbeknown to the officers, there was armed robbery in progress and when they drove towards the wholesaler, the suspects opened fire at the police vehicle with AK47 rifles. The police vehicle caught alight as a result of the automatic gunfire unleashed by these thugs and the suspects seized this opportunity to flee the scene. Bystanders managed to rescue a female police officer from the vehicle whilst our other two colleagues, Constable Mpendulo Welcome Jaca (37) and Constable Zamukwanda Wiseman Majoka (34), died in the vehicle which burnt on the scene. A few hours later, police officers from the KwaMashu Crime Prevention Unit were conducting crime prevention duties along Xolani Road in the KwaMashu Men’s Hostel unaware of what had occurred to their colleagues in Harding. Whilst they were raiding an illegal tavern they encountered resistance from hostile residents in the area. Police continued however and whilst executing their duties a shot was fired by an unknown person and Sergeant Sandile Humphrey Mbhele (37) was shot in the head. His shocked colleagues frantically rushed him to hospital however he was certified dead on arrival.

A multidisciplinary team, including members of our Crime Intelligence, Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) and Tracking Team in the province have been mobilized immediately after these attacks and are working around the clock to bring these cowardly killers to book. Police in KwaMashu had immediately conducted a follow up operation and two suspects were taken in for questioning as well as 3 illegal firearms were seized. These suspects were not linked to the killing of Sergeant Mbhele and the investigation is still on-going. The team shall not rest until all of those responsible for these heinous crimes are behind bars. “I would advise that these ruthless criminals rather hand themselves over in their own interest because we have unleashed all our might and resources to track them down. You should not sleep soundly at night and you must always be looking over your shoulders, because it is just a matter of time that we are going to pounce on you,” she said.

The funerals will be on this coming weekend. The KwaMashu police officer’s funeral will be on Saturday, 9 May at Mariannridge and on the same day, Constable Jaca’s funeral will be at Mbulumba location, Umzikhulu. Majoka will be laid to rest on Sunday, 10 May at Mabheleni location, Mthwalume. We would like to invite the media to grace us with their presence when we pray tribute to our fallen heroes.

Media enquiries: Major Thulani Zwane -071 683 6525