National Commissioner applauds the arrest of cop killers

Pretoria: The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole, has applauded the speedy arrest of suspects for the killing of Captain Dumisani Mhlanzi last month.

On 23 February 2018 at 16:10, a group of armed men entered a shop in KwaMaphumulo and robbed the employees of cash. As the suspects were fleeing they opened fire on 54 year old Captain Mhlanzi who was off duty at the time. The Captain was taken to hospital where later died.

As it was after the killing of the Ngcobo policemen last month, the National Commissioner ordered that a multi-disciplinary team be put together to investigate, track down and bring the killers of Captain Mlanzi to book.

During a multi-disciplinary intelligence-driven operation last night, police proceeded to a hostel block in KwaMashu in search of the suspects. During the operation to arrest the suspects a shootout ensued resulting in three suspects being shot dead and two other suspects aged 25 and 39 years of age were arrested. The pistol which was stolen from Captain Mhlanzi was among three guns recovered from the suspects last night.

The National Commissioner, since his appointment, has highlighted on many occassions and on several platforms the determination of the SAPS to stamp the authority of the State.

"In order to show that we are stamping the authority of the State, our first priority is to completely stop the killing of police officers and to speedily bring police killers to book", said General Sitole

"The latest successes in this regard is a clear demonstration of this", added General Sitole.

The National Commissioner continues to encourage police men and women to pursue justice for the innocent and in doing so they should never fall with a gun in his or her hand.

Communities are urged to continue supporting the police in the fight against crime. The responsibility to make South Africa a safer place lies with YOU. Information on crime before and after it happens may be communicated to the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Source: South African Police Service