The Western Cape SAPS provincial management has expressed their shock over the killing of a police member early this morning.
The 35-year-old off-duty sergeant, stationed at Lentegeur SAPS Visible Policing, was allegedly hijacked, shot and fatally wounded in Eerste River in the early hours today, said police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.
’’He was shot in his neck and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died due to his injuries. The scene of crime still needs to be established and reconstructed,“ Van Wyk says.
’’A murder case has been opened for investigation by the Hawks. Anyone with information about this fatal incident that could assist the police investigation is urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111,’’ Van Wyk said.
Last week, a suspect appeared in the Athlone Magistrate's Court for his alleged involvement in a hijacking incident that led to the death of an off-duty policeman.
On August 12, Sergeant Sakhumzi Mbucela, who was stationed at the Wynberg police station, was stabbed in KTC, Gugulethu, and succumbed to his injuries two days later in hospital.
Mbucela’s vehicle was recovered on the same day with the help of the local crime prevention unit.
The Hawks’ National Priority Violent Crime team followed up on leads, which led to the arrest of the 27-year-old suspect.
Earlier in August, an off-duty police officer shot and killed two of four alleged car-jackers during a shoot-out in Philippi. The officer, who had been waiting for other cars to pass, was wounded in the incident.
He had been travelling with his family in Browns Farm around lunch time when they came under fire.