Police mum on JHB top cop's identity

Officials say the slain commander's body was discovered by passers-by along a street in Turffontein.

FILE: Officials say the slain commander's body was discovered by passers-by along a street in Turffontein. Picture: Ray White/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have declined to give further details after a colonel was stabbed to death in Turffontein late last night.

This because the officer's next of kin still has to be informed but it's understood the policeman was a top official in the public order police.

Police say the public order police commander was stabbed to death while on his way home from duty in Turffontein in southern Johannesburg.

Officials say the slain commander's body was discovered by passers-by along a street in Turffontein.

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

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

They are expected to buried in their hometowns this afternoon.

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

His spokesperson Musa Zondi said, "The country is losing experienced cops which means that we'll be spending more money training new cops."

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.