Khayelitsha officers in shootout

Two law enforcement officers narrowly escaped injury when gunmen opened fire on Wednesday morning.

FILE: Two law enforcement officers narrowly escaped injury when gunmen opened fire on Wednesday morning. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Two Cape Town law enforcement officers are left shaken, but unscathed following a shooting in Khayelitsha.

The pair narrowly escaped injury when gunmen opened fire in early hours of Wednesday morning.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says they were responding to an alarm that went off at a local library.

"One doesn't know what the angle was and whether they in fact caused the alarm in order to get the officers to respond which is even more sinister. We have put all our staff on high alert, making sure they are wearing their body armour."


The incident comes just days after five South African Police Service (Saps) members were killed nationally.

An officer was gunned down in front of his house in Kagiso, Gauteng on Friday.

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

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

The constable escaped, but the lieutenant was killed instantly.

Three police officials lost their lives in the Mother City on Monday.

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.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on Tuesday said they were outraged by the ongoing police murders.

They called on community members to work in accordance with police officials to bring the perpetrators to book.

A R100,000 reward was offered to anyone with information regarding the murders.