BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed the death of a Reservist Constable who was shot last night when he and other SAPS members responded to a complaint of business robbery.
As it happened, Reservist Constable Collins Maluleke was shot in the chest. He was rushed to a hospital where he was, unfortunately, declared dead.
The South African Police Service informed BuzzSouthAfrica that the incident at about 19h40.
“…Reservist Constable Collins Maluleke and his colleague, Const (f) Masipa from Diepkloof SAPS were doing foot patrol at Diepkloof taxi rank.
“They responded on foot when they received a complaint of a business robbery at Salaam Supermarket at the rank. When approaching the address, the suspects started firing at the members.
“Reservist Constable Collins Maluleke was shot in the chest and rushed to the hospital where he was declared deceased,” SAPS narrated.
SAPS divulged that the suspects fled the scene in a white Quantum and Toyota Corola. The case is being investigated.
The incident happened on a day the Evander Regional Court sentenced three people for killing a police officer.
From our gatherings, Sydney Mashaba (44), Frans Nathibela (45) and Khayelile Welcome Ngubane (38) were sentenced to life imprisonment each and a further 20 years on 12th July 2017 after they were found guilty of the murder of the police officer.
They were also found guilty on 10 other charges including car hijacking, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, theft of motor vehicle and robbery.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi expressed concern over what he described as “a growing social media and cyber-attacks on Police.”
The Deputy Minister disclosed that he will be visiting the Hillbrow Police Station to offer his support following false reports circulating that SAPS members at the station were robbed of their pistols whilst sleeping on duty.
SAPS warned that the disgusting displays of its members wouldn’t make any constructive and meaningful contribution towards the fight against crime and criminality.