Two Joburg policemen shot dead

Two police officers have been shot dead while responding to a hijacking in Vereeniging.
JOHANNESBURG - Two police officers have been shot dead in Vereeniging.

They were responding to a hijacking on Saturday night. Two people were being held up at gunpoint in their vehicle.

One of the victims managed to get away and alert a passing police patrol.

The hijackers then opened fire on the officials.

Three police officers have been killing in Gauteng this week.

The police’s Pinky Tsinyane says, “The police are looking for three suspects after two officers were shot dead in Vereeniging.”

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made following a police killing in Cape Town.

Constable Yanga Tshefu was shot dead at his Khayelitsha home on Friday.

Early this week, Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said a police officer is killed every 10 days.

Phiyega urged communities to work with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to prevent more police killings.

At the same time, the South African Police Union (Sapu) condemned police killings calling it “high treason.”

The union wants more to be done to ensure their members’ safety.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)