Second policeman slain yesterday

Pretoria: The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has strongly condemned the continuous attacks on and killing of police officers, this after a second policeman was killed yesterday.

Last night just after 19:30 Warrant Officer Bhekisigcino Zethembe Khwela (54) was in the company of his son and a friend chatting outside his house in KwaNdengezi. At least two gunmen, who were on foot, fired several shots at them.

The Mariannhill detective was killed instantly after he was shot multiple times, his son was wounded and the friend escaped unscathed.

Although the two incidents are not related, this has been the second killing of a policeman yesterday alone, following the killing of Captain Lumkile Wiseman Tyibilika during the early hours of yesterday morning in New Brighton in the Eastern Cape.

The motives for both incidents are not conclusive at this stage but form part of investigations. In both incidents the 72 hour Activation Plan is being implemented.

"The killing of our two colleagues yesterday is a reflection of what police must endure on a daily basis", said General Sitole.

"I have instructed the Provincial Commissioners of both the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to mobilise maximum resources to track down those responsible and bring them to book", added General Sitole.

Source: South African Police Service

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