Another cop killed in Gauteng

Six policemen have been killed around the country over the past two weeks.

A police officer in Temba was shot and killed while investigating a robbery. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - A police officer in Temba, north of Pretoria, has been shot and killed.

The constable and another officer were called to investigate a robbery at a local store.

Police Colonel Noxolo Kweza said when the pair arrived on the scene they were met with gunfire.

"The incident was reported to police after midnight. The owner of the shop was also shot and injured."

On Tuesday, an off-duty police officer was wounded during a robbery at a cellphone shop north of Pretoria.

At the same time, Gauteng police say a second suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a senior Kagiso policeman.

The 33-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday and his case was remanded for a formal bail application while his accomplice, who was arrested last week, has abandoned his own bail application.

The first suspect, Mutungani Mbatha, was arrested soon after Lieutenant Colonel Knox Chauke was gunned down in the driveway of his home late last month.

Police say they cannot rule out the possibility of more arrests.

The police's spokesperson Solomon Makgale says, "Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of Colonel Chauke. Our investigations are continuing and we certainly are expecting to arrest more people."


Meanwhile in Cape Town, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says officers in the province appear to be targeted more often than their colleagues elsewhere in the country.

Three Western Cape police officials were gunned down last week, two of them in the line of duty.

Lamoer says these incidents are worrying.

"Last year I lost 11 police officers in the line of duty. We're already standing at six this year, and it's only June. The question is, when will it stop? It's not as though our officers are not doing what they're supposed to. They do their job."

He says in the latest cop killings, all three officers' service pistols were stolen.

"If you look at the statistics in this province, on average we confiscate about 30 firearms per week. These criminals must get firearms from somewhere and because we're not soft targets, of course they'll kill police officers to get their firearms."