Cop killings not a trend - W. Cape chief
Arno Lamoer is concerned Western Cape police are being targeted following a spate of cop killings.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer is gravely concerned officers are being specifically targeted following a series of cop killings across Cape Town, he said on Tuesday.
Seven South African Police Service (SAPS) members have been killed over the last five weeks. This week alone three SAPS members were shot dead in Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha.
But Lamoer was hesitant to describe the murders as a trend.
"We must be careful when saying this is a trend. We must look at each individual case and see what's happening. This will only be revealed once our investigation is concluded."
On Tuesday, a Mitchells Plain SAPS member was killed in his home. It's understood the suspects knocked on the door, asked for him and when he went to the door the men fired several shots.
Lamoer said investigators were busy "following up leads and picking up clues at the scene".
He added, "The witnesses are too traumatised to speak to us at this point in time."
On Sunday night, two police officers were killed in Khayelitsha. They were attacked and gunned down in two separate incidents.
Last week a police officer was killed and another wounded in Nyanga.
On 25 June, 35-year-old sergeant Mthunzi Mbonjwa was killed in Mfuleni. Mbonjwa was off duty at the time of the incident.
Just a day after the attack on Mbonjwa, 30-year-old Constable Thabo Mdzwana who was on standby, was shot dead in Lwandle in the Strand.
A few days later, off-duty constable Brandon Mpoe was shot dead in Mitchells Plain, allegedly after an argument with an acquaintance.