The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, said on Monday it was was deeply disturbed by the brutal murder of three police officers in the Western Cape in the past week.
“These unwarranted attacks also left three other officers wounded,” said Hawks spokesman Lloyd Ramovha
In one of the latest attacks, Constable Masibonge Mqwada, 33, was carjacked and killed by three armed assailants while dropping off a family member in Kraaifontein in the earlier hours of Saturday morning.
On the same day, Constable Thandoxolo Ndiki, 30, was found lying on a street pavement in the Delft area. He had a gunshot wound to his upper body and was rushed to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries, said Ramovha.
Rhamova said Hawks officers would not rest until their investigations uncovered who the perpetrators that were still being sought were.
“The public is urged to provide any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects and Information supplied will be treated with confidentiality,” said Rhamova.
National Hawks boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza said police attacks remained a priority crime because it threatened the safety of communities in South Africa.
“We shall continue to relentlessly pursue all responsible in carrying-out the directorate’s mandate of ensuring that all people are and feel safe in the country, an attack on a police officer is an attack on the state,” Ntlemeza said.