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Eastern Cape policeman shot and killed during armed robbery

Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication
South African Police Service

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: It is with great sadness that we express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Constable Martin Bulelani Dlamini 38, who was fatally wounded in an armed robbery at Boxer Store, Mt Fletcher yesterday, 2 July 2015 at about 17:40.

"It is now our priority to first ensure that those responsible are tracked down and arrested  so that they can face the full brunt of the law and secondly to provide all the support and comfort we can muster, to the family and colleagues of our deceased member," said the Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Celiwe Binta.

This followed after 10 men, allegedly armed with rifles and pistols entered Boxer Store and demanded cash from the employees.

Mt Fletcher SAPS was alerted to the robbery in progress and dispatched a vehicle to the scene. When the robbers saw the police vehicle approaching, they opened fire on the police members approaching the scene. Constable Martin Bulelani Dlamini attached to Mount Fletcher Visible Policing, sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body and died on the scene. Another member, Constable Katiso Nakin was shot in the upper leg and was immediately rushed to hospital. He is recovering well and has been reported to be in a stable condition.

The robbers managed to escape by using the two vehicles they allegedly arrived with and also further robbed a customer of his vehicle, a Nissan Qashqai which they  used as a third getaway car. This vehicle was later found abandoned in the Katkop area by SAPS members.

The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash and are still at large. No one has been arrested yet and police are following several leads.

The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Ms Weziwe Tikana also expressed her condolences to the family and friends of the late Constable Martin Bulelani Dlamini and to the SAPS family in the Province. She made an urgent and passionate call to all members of the community to rally around the family and friends of the deceased and to come forward with information on the whereabouts of the fleeing suspects.

"When one of our police officers is killed it has a huge negative impact on the safety of our communities and we can never allow that to continue," she said today.

Any person with information on the whereabouts of the suspects must please contact the investigating officer Captain Bongani Nyakeni -082 222 2543. All the information will be treated confidential.

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Lieutenant Khaya Tonjeni

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