R100k reward for Cape cop killers

Authorities have doubled the reward after the initial R50 000 yielded no information.

No one has yet come forward with information linked to Cape cop murders after a R50,000 reward was offered by the City of Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

The City of Cape Town recently announced it is offering a R50,000 reward for information which could lead to the perpetrators' arrests and possible prosecution.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday again urged the public to come forward.

"The people with information will contact the police directly. The police will inform the city when they've been successful and when the reward needs to be paid out. All the contact goes directly to the police."

The Western Cape Community Safety Department at the weekend also offered an additional R50,000 reward.

COP KILLINGS

Seven South African Police Service (SAPS) members have been killed in the last six weeks.

Last Monday, an off-duty police officer was killed at his home in Mitchells Plain. It's understood the suspects knocked on the door, asked for him and when he went to the door the men fired several shots.

Two officials were gunned down in Khayelitsha the day before. They were attacked and gunned down in two separate incidents.

Over a week ago 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.

Meanwhile, two SAPS members came under attack in gang-stricken Manenberg on Saturday.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana said: "Suspects shot at the police with firearms. In self-defence police officers in the car shot back. They escaped unharmed."

RESOURCES INTO MANENBERG INCREASED

As gang violence continues unabated in Manenberg, law enforcement bodies have said they will continue to plough resources into various crime-fighting initiatives in the area.

Dozens of people have died in gang-related shootings in the suburb and surrounding areas since the beginning of this year.

The city's JP Smith said on Sunday resources have been increased as Manenberg shootings escalate.

"We have pushed in all resources, specialist units and even some staff from other areas to try and help calm that situation."

Last week when Eyewitness News visited the gang-infested the community suspected rival gang members were shooting at each other in the middle of the day.

Police have also deployed officers to various so-called high-risk schools after a caretaker was shot and wounded while on his bicycle.

Smith said officers will continue to patrol Manenberg to get the violence under control.