Six cops shot in a week

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November 28, 2016
Six cops shot in a week

LATEST FATALITY: Constable Thandoxolo Ndiki was shot in Delft

MEC Dan Plato offers R100k reward for info that will lead to arrests.

Six police officers have been shot in less than a week, three of them fatally.

Western Cape Community MEC Dan Plato has now offered a reward of R100 000 for information leading to the arrests of the attackers.

In the latest incidents, two off-duty cops were hijacked within hours of each other.

Both Constable Mabuthi Nqwaba, 33, from Mitchells Plain SAPS and newlywed Constable Thandoxolo Ndiki, stationed at Athlone SAPS, were killed in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The attacks came days after Constable Amanda Ladlavuka was shot dead and her partner wounded in Acacia Park, Philippi East, last Tuesday, after delivering a protection order.

And on Thursday morning, Captain Ettienne Conradie was shot and wounded in Renoster Walk, Manenberg.

It’s alleged Conradie was accidentally shot in the stomach by one of his colleagues during a tense standoff with residents.

Another cop was shot and wounded in Manenberg yesterday morning after police were attacked, allegedly by gangsters.

Plato said yesterday: “In the past week, three police officers have lost their lives, some even while responding to the needs of the community they serve while on duty.

“It seems like it is open season for attacks on police.”

On Saturday morning at around 1am, Constable Mabuthi Nqwaba, 33, was attacked in Daza Street, Bloekombos, while dropping a relative at home.

It’s believed the cop was sitting in his private vehicle with the relative when he was ambushed by three armed men.

Mabuthi was shot in the upper body after he put up a fight.

The wounded Constable managed to drive away, but stopped after about 100 metres, passing away behind the wheel of his car.

At 2.50am, 30-year-old Constable Thandoxolo Ndiki was believed to be hijacked and left for dead in Owen Madikane Road, Delft.

It’s understood police found him in a pool of blood before he was taken to hospital where he later died.

Ndiki married his wife Sivuyiswa Mjoni, 30, just two weeks ago.

The grieving widow says police found their car in abandoned in Muizenberg hours after the attack.

“I last saw him on Friday evening when he told me he was going to a friend,” she says.

“I expected him back by 10pm but when I called him, he said he was coming home.

“I waited up and called again around 2am and he told me again he was coming.”

But instead of her husband, it was police who came knocking at her door hours later.

“They told me they found him in the road,” she says.

“They didn’t know he had a car until I asked about it.

“The police later found it in Muizenberg where it was stripped and dumped,” she adds.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says all the murders are being investigated by the Hawks.

“No one has been arrested as yet, the motive is yet to be established,” he said.

Plato visited the grieving families yesterday, where he urged cops to be cautious.

“Police must be very careful with regards to their movement because we know the perpetrators are after their guns,” he said.

“My department has offered the reward because we want to bring those who did this to book.

“I requested that the provincial police commissioner get his top investigators on this case.

“My sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives.”

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