Information from the South African Police Service says the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI) is deeply disturbed by the brutal murder of three police officers in the Western Cape last week.
Adding that the unwarranted attacks also left three other officers wounded, Hawks’ National Head, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza affirmed that police attacks are priority crimes because they threaten the safety of communities across the country.
As learnt, Constable Masibonge Mqwada (33) was allegedly shot and killed in Kraaifontein. He was dropping off a relative when three armed assailants attacked him in a hijacking attempt.
The same day, Constable Thandoxolo Ndiki, (30) was found lying on the street pavement in Delft with a gunshot wound. He was rushed to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
Also, Constable Amanda Ladlokova was shot and killed whilst on duty in Philippi East.
SAPS related that the circumstances surrounding the police killings are being investigated. So far, one suspect has been arrested and has already appeared in court for the alleged murder of Constable Ladlokova.
Ntlemeza warned that an attack on a police officer is an attack on the state as he vowed that he and his guys would continue to relentlessly pursue the directorate’s mandate of ensuring safety for all.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party said it’s deeply concerning reports continue to revealed the cause of the increased deaths to be the lack of protective gear and competency training.
The party said it will be urging the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko to urgently intervene and ensure police officers are adequately protected and equipped when on duty.
DA listed that the Minister must:
- Ensure no police officers enters the field without a bullet proof vest;
- Ensure that all police officers carrying a firearm have successfully passed requisite field training;
- Ensure that police officers entering high-risk zones do so with adequate back-up readily at hand.
“Police Officers are the core defenders of South Africa’s law and order and it should be a primary focus by the SAPS that they are adequately protected,” stated the opposition party.