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Was CPT cop killed for his gun?

The constable’s body was discovered in a field in Lwandle Township.

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CAPE TOWN - A swift investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing of an officer has been called for by the South African Policing Union (SAPU).

The 30-year-old constable's body was discovered in a field in Lwandle Township near Strand early on Wednesday morning. He was gunned down on Tuesday night while on his way home.

SAPU's Oscar Skommere says the union strongly condemns the killing.

"The killing of the police is an issue we have been raising with the authorities."

Police spokesman André Traut says the officer's firearm is missing. He also says it is unclear why he was found in a specific area of the crime scene.

"Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and no one has been arrested as yet," says Traut.

Earlier, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said further details surrounding the incident were still vague.

This is the second police officer killed in South Africa this month.

Senior Johannesburg officer Tirhani Maswanganyi's body was found dumped and bound outside Pretoria on 18 June. No one has yet been arrested for his murder.

Officials have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10 111.