PRETORIA - The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has condemned the killing of a police constable in De Deur, Gauteng, this morning, 01 August 2019.
This morning members from De Deur Crime Prevention were tracing alleged drug dealers at Weilers Farm (Majasana). On searching the area, two suspects were spotted and upon seeing the police vehicle, immediately fled in different directions. The police gave chase on foot.
The constable in hot pursuit cornered one suspect. However, the suspect overpowered the constable and fatally stabbed him in the chest, took the members service pistol and fired a shot.
The other members of the team responded to the gunshot and found the alleged suspect with a firearm. They fired towards the suspect and he fell to the ground. He was found with a bloodied knife, suspected to have been the one used to take the life of the deceased member.
The member's official firearm was recovered. He was 32 years of age and graduated from the police academy in December 2018.
The National Commissioner has conveyed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased member. I am sincerely saddened by the senseless killing of this young member. He had just started his career in the Service with a lot of passion and energy hence he pursued a dangerous suspect without any hesitation. He died a hero, said General Sitole, who went on to instruct the province to ensure that the family of the fallen hero is afforded the support they need during this time of mourning and beyond.
The 26-year-old suspect will be facing a charge of murder.
Source: South African Police Service