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News: National Police Commissioner condemns the senseless killing of a police Constable in the Eastern Cape

Media Statement from National Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Pretoria: The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of an on-duty police Constable yesterday in New Brighton, Eastern Cape.

The National Commissioner has learned with sadness of the passing away of Constable Bonga Ngcingwana, aged 35. It is alleged that yesterday, 2018-06-12, at about 15:00, the 35-year-old Constable and his partner, a Sergeant, were shot at by four unknown suspects during a routine stop and search on Mendi Road, New Brighton.

The two members, who are detectives attached to the Mount Road Police Station, stopped a Silver Toyota Etios to effect a search. They parked their marked police vehicle and approached on foot. It is alleged that before they reached that car, four men alighted from the vehicle and started shooting at the members.

A New Brighton police vehicle came across this shooting incident while in progress and they were also fired at. The members retaliated and the suspects fled the scene. Ngcinmgwana was fatally wounded and his crew, a 37-year-old Sergeant and the three New Brighton members did not sustain any injuries.

The National Commissioner has sent his condolences to the province and the family of the deceased and further directed that the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Ntshinga, should establish a Task Team that will activate the 72-hour Reaction Plan to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous crime who clearly have no regard for human life. “If you kill one of our own, we will hunt you down until we find and arrest you. Police killers do not deserve to live among law abiding citizens, they deserve to rot in jail,” said General Sitole.

“We cannot allow the ongoing onslaught against our men and women in blue who are mandated by the Constitution of the Republic to ensure that inhabitants are and feel safe. This undermines the authority of the State. We need the members of the community to work with the police in the fight against crime,” appealed General Sitole.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects can call SAPS Crime stop number 08600 10111, callers may remain anonymous.

Media Enquiries: Colonel Brenda Muridili - 071 686 9425


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