On Tuesday, October 5, the South African Police Service (SAPS) launched a 72 hour man-hunt for suspects involved in a shooting in Orange Farm south of Johannesburg.
The the incident, two police officials were patrolling in an unmarked police vehicle when they noticed an abandoned bakkie on the side of the road.
As the police officers approached the abandoned vehicle to investigate, a group of suspects opened fire on them wounding both members.
“Sadly, a reservist constable died at the scene. The other member survived the ordeal and he has been hospitalized. The group of suspects fled the scene taking with them the keys of the police vehicle. A case of Murder and Attempted Murder have been registered,” said the police in a statement.
In another related incidents in Kwa-Zulu Natal, an officer was wounded when they traded bullets with criminals using a stolen vehicle. The suspects fled the scene on foot leaving, behind an unlicensed firearm and a stolen vehicle which are now in police custody. A case of attempted murder has been registered.
Earlier on Sunday (October 3), a police officer died and two others were wounded in two separate incidents in Greytown.
The National Commissioner of the SAPS has condemned the attack and killing of the police officials and directed both the Provincial Commissioners of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng to implement the 72 hour activation plan to hunt down the suspects in all cases.
The National Commissioner has also conveyed his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased members and also wished all injured members a speedy recovery.
We appeal to anyone who may have information on these attacks to please contact the SAPS on 086 00 10111. Information may also be communicated via MySAPSApp, an application which can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android.
All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous.