Slain cop was JHB public order head

The head of public order police in Johannesburg was on duty when he was stabbed to death last night.

The head of public order police in Johannesburg was on duty when he was stabbed to death last night. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have confirmed they are mourning the death of one of their leaders who was killed near Turffontein.

The head of public order of police in Johannesburg was on duty when he was stabbed to death last night near McDonald's.

The colonel cannot be named as his next of kin are yet to be notified.

Spokesperson Noxolo Kweza says the motive of the killing is not yet known.

"The member was coming from duty and was on his way home. At the moment the family has not been notified."

This is the latest police officer to be killed with two others killed by criminals on the N3 last weekend.

Gauteng police have offered a reward of R400,000 for any information that leads to the successful conviction of those responsible for the officers' deaths.

Constables Mthokozisi Myezi and Casey Mafokoane were shot dead after stopping a vehicle near the Modderfontein off ramp last Sunday.

The two officers are expected to buried in their respective hometowns today and tomorrow.

COP KILLINGS

Two weeks ago, an officer was shot dead at Park Station in Johannesburg.

The officer was responding to a robbery when he was shot multiple times on his upper body and died on the scene.

The slain officer's firearm was also stolen.

Another officer was shot and killed in Erasmia, south-west of Pretoria, while responding to a house robbery also two weeks ago.

Last month, a 25-year-old constable in Somerset West in Cape Town was killed.

The officer was shot and killed in a shootout with a suspect in the Sir Lowry's Pass.

The suspect was also killed in the shooting.

Police said two officers from Somerset West police station approached the suspect at an informal settlement.

They said there was an altercation and then the suspect disarmed the police officer and shot him with his official firearm.

In February, a former police officer was shot and killed by three intruders at his Linden home.

Police said 55-year-old Andre Fabricius was shot while inspecting a noise at around 3am.

His wife and 13-year-old son were already tied up by the armed suspects.

Police said after killing the former officer, the gunmen stole laptops and cellphones.

The victim's family said they were "devastated" and didn't know how they'd cope without him.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has condemned the killings and says something must be done to ensure the safety of officers.