R100k reward for info on cop killers

In just under 24 hours, three police officers were shot and killed in Cape Town.

FILE: In just under 24 hours, three police officers were shot and killed in Cape Town. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have offered a R100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of three South African Police Service (SAPS) officers.

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

Police say they're determined to hunt down the killers.

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.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says, "A reward of R100,000 is there. If anybody that can come forward with some information, we will really appreciate that."

The police commissioner says he's saddened that the Nyanga community, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, has been robbed of two officers who died in the line of duty.

Meanwhile, the South African Policing Union (SAPU) has described the murders of the three police officials as 'senseless'.

SAPU's Joseph Manuel says something must be done to stop the killings.

"We are totally shocked. One just sits and wonders when this will end. We are totally shocked at the senseless killing of our members. One killing in this fashion is one too many."

At the same time Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the targeting of police officers must stop.

"I just hope that the police will apprehend those responsible. We want them arrested and we want them to appear in court as soon as possible. They need to pay for what they have done."