BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that Delft SAPS officers were ambushed by two AK47 wielding suspects who shot at them indiscriminately.
As gathered, the Delft SAPS officers were attending to a complaint of robbery in progress at a petrol station in Delft along Delft Main Road when the shooting incident occurred.
Confirming this, SAPS related that “just after 3:00 this morning members from Delft SAPS were attending to a complaint of robbery in progress at a petrol station in Delft along Delft Main Road when the shooting incident occurred.
The members responded on the scene and were ambushed by two AK47 wielding suspects who shot at them indiscriminately before fleeing the scene.”
Adding that three balaclava clad accomplices emerged from inside the store and joined them, SAPS disclosed that the robbers left behind explosives which points to an ATM bombing attempt.
“A 35-year-old Constable succumbed to the injuries on the scene whilst the crew, a warrant officer is currently receiving treatment at a hospital.
Investigations are underway. No arrests as yet. As demonstrated by the recent successful arrests of those implicated in police killings cases we shall not rest until we find those responsible.
We are saying they can run, but they cannot hide. We further urge members of the community to expose and report those involved,” SAPS stated.
MEC Dan Plato condemned the attack on Delft SAPS officers asserting that it raises serious questions on the availability of guns in our communities and where the firearms come from.
“This murder in cold blood is an attack on the police and an attack on the communities our officers work to keep safe. I have faith in the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province that those responsible will be caught and will face the full might of the law.
The Western Cape Government fully supports the SAPS in the hunt for those responsible and urge anyone with information to report it to the police.
The Department of Community Safety’s R50 000 reward still stands. The reward is open to anyone who can assist with information that will result in the arrest and the successful conviction of those involved in the killing of police officers in the Western Cape,” stated the MEC.
He argued that there can never be any justification for the killing of police officers and, called on South Africans to show a united front against these crimes.