Diepsloot protests which erupted on Tuesday had the Gauteng police searching for at least four people after a constable was shot and killed in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg last night.
According to Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini, the officer and his colleague stopped by the side of the road to change a tyre when they were accosted and attacked by four suspects.
Officer Lungelo Dlamini confirmed the attack: “Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects who shot and killed a police officer. One officer was shot in the upper body and died on his way to hospital.”
While the deceased was shot in the upper body, his partner was lucky to have escaped without any injuries.
Dlamini added that after the attack the officer’s were disarmed while the hoodlums made away with the firearms.
“The suspects shot one of the police officers who died on his way to the hospital and they fled the scene on foot. At this stage we have launched a manhunt for these suspects and we are appealing to the members of the community who might have information to come forward.”
Still on the Diepsloot protests, police have opened public some violence and business robbery cases as protesting residents looted a store at the Diepsloot Mall last night.
The protesters looted the Diepsloot mall, set tyres on fire and threw stones at vehicles on the R511, near Diepsloot on Tuesday, Johannesburg metro police said.
However, before the authorities could get to the scene, the crowd had already dispersed.
Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar added that an ambulance was damaged during the violent protest.
Metro officers had been sent to the area and motorists were advised to avoid using the road.