A 33-year-old man has bagged 48 years in jail in connection with the death of a police officer Constable Kekana Pule Edward.
The killer, Aretse Nkabang Moraba shot Edward in the throat through his window at Ga-Mogashoa, a densely populated town in Sekhukhuneland District Municipality, Limpopo Province.
Edward later succumbed to his injuries and died on the way to the hospital. This incident took place in April 2016.
Moraba appeared at the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Wednesday, where he was found guilty of murder, armed robbery, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
In a statement issued after the sentence, Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo welcomed the sentence, adding that it would serve as a deterrent to other criminals who quickly pull the trigger on policemen.
Mojapelo further said: “The deceased member was with other police officials, tracing the accused of armed robberies when the accused opened fire from inside [a]…house [in] Ga-Mogashoa…”
Similarly, the murder case against Mzwandile Majosi has been postponed until March 23 for further investigation.
Majosi, 28, allegedly killed Constable Lentswe Edward Mogorosi after he stabbed him multiple times in the face and body and dumped him in a veld near Lerato Park in the early hours of January 8.
The Northern Cape police confirmed that the suspect appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday. During his court appearance, the court was told Majosi was convicted of robbery in 2008, theft in 2010, and had a pending case of drug possession. Some of the slain cop’s belongings were said to have been recovered during Majosi’s arrest.
Last year, the South African Police Service (Saps) noted with concern a number of police killings in the country. The notice was as a result of the deaths of three policemen in Gauteng, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. The deaths took place towards the end of 2016.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko disclosed that investigations found that 71% of the killings happened when policemen were responding to the needs of the public.
He subsequently announced that he has set up the national tactical response plan aimed at conducting on-site investigations to assess the circumstances of all officers who have been killed.