5 cops killed in 5 days

The Police Commissioner is outraged by the murders of five policemen around the country.

FILE: The Police Commissioner is outraged by the murders of five policemen around the country .Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says she's outraged by ongoing police murders.

Over the past five days, five South African Police Service (Saps) members have been killed nationally.

Last Friday, an officer was gunned down in front of his house in Kagiso, Gauteng

Unknown gunmen attacked and shot him several times as he was closing the gate to his driveway.

On Sunday, a lieutenant and a constable were shot at by two men after responding to a call in Limpopo when they came under heavy gunfire.

The constable escaped, but the lieutenant was killed instantly.

On Monday, three police officials lost their lives in Cape Town.

Two officers were gunned down in Nyanga and a third off-duty official was murdered in Mfuleni, all a few hours apart.

The two officers in Nyanga were shot and killed inside their police vehicle.

It's understood they were waiting for backup after tracking down a hijacked vehicle when the attack took place.

The suspects made off with the officers' firearms.

The police's Solomon Makgale says they are deeply saddened by the loss of their colleagues.

"This is a huge loss to the families and friends but it's also a huge loss to the SAPS family and the communities where these members were working."


Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says the Hawks and a team of crime intelligent officers are investigating the murders.

Lamoer fears for the safety of South African people.

H e believes criminals are disregarding the lives of police officers.

"It is school holidays and this incident happened in broad daylight where children were playing around. This shows the pure brazenness of these criminals who attack our police officers."

He feels everyone should take the responsibility of protecting one another.

Currently the police have witnesses and are issuing a reward of R100,000 to anyone coming forward with information that can lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Lamoer is disappointed in the loss lives, saying he is frustrated and shocked.

"These are my members and I am responsible for them, to see their bodies on a crime scene shocks and angers me. It makes me ask if anyone is safe in this country, if people don't even respect the police."