Two men were arrested in connection with an attack on two female officers. Credit: Sourced

The Department of Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape have welcomed the arrest of two suspects who were allegedly involved in the shooting of two female traffic officers recently.

Princess Nkomo was shot in the stomach and Mandisa Plaatjie in the arm during a shooting in Harare, Khayelitsha, last week.

In a statement, the department commended Harare cops and those who contributed and came forward with information towards the investigation.

“The arrest comes after the officers were shot and wounded at Harare Square in Khayelitsha on 5 July 2016 at 11.25,” department spokesperson Byron la Hoe said.

“The perpetrators took the officers’ cellphones and wallet.”

After the incident, Plaatjie drove herself and her colleague to the nearest hospital.

It is believed the suspects wanted to steal the officers’ firearms, but both had chosen to work unarmed.

The suspects, aged 26 and 30 years old, were arrested on Thursday and are facing charges of attempted murder and armed robbery and are expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court today.

“This breakthrough is highly commended by management of the Department and Provincial Traffic Services,” La Hoe said.

“This sends a strong message that those who are involved in criminal activities will be harshly dealt with.”