The Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange, condemns the incessant, senseless attacks and killings of police members following the attack on two on-duty police officers, where one member was killed.
It is reported that the two police officers stationed at Soshanguve in Tshwane North were conducting stop-and-search patrols on Ruth First Avenue, as part of Operation Paseka (Easter) Crime Prevention Operations on Friday, 14 April 2017.
The officers had allegedly pulled over a suspicious white Toyota Corolla when the unknown suspects opened fire on them. The Sergeant succumbed to injury and was certified dead on arrival at the clinic, while the Constable is in a stable condition in hospital. The vehicle was tested and confirmed as stolen at Vosloorus.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects and are appealing to members of the public that may have information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspects to report to the police by calling the Crime Stop 08600 10111 or visit their nearest police station.
It is ironic that Gauteng Police recently held an Easter Prayer Service so that the dedicated men and women in blue could be free this Easter weekend to ensure that residents and visitors in Gauteng enjoy a crime free Easter long weekend. “As sad as it is”, says the Provincial Commissioner, “such hideous acts will not derail the police from fulfilling our constitutional mandate. Instead, we are even more resolute to rid Gauteng of criminal elements.”
The suspects are still at large and police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.