Slain JHB top cop's memorial service underway

A memorial service for Gauteng public policing head David Makhubela is being held in Soweto.

Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - A memorial service for slain Gauteng public policing head David Makhubela is being held at Regina Mundi in Soweto today.

The colonel was found stabbed to death in Turfontein at the weekend.

A passer-by made the grim discovery while walking along a road in the area and alerted police.

No arrests have been made.

The police's Noxolo Kweza said, "The funeral will be held on Saturday in Limpopo."

Makhubela had more than 33 years of service within the police force at the time of his death.

He also previously provided a statement to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, investigating the deaths of 44 people in strike-related violence at Lonmin platinum operations in August 2012.

Questions have been raised over the colonel's death with one organisation identifying a number of factors that indicate foul play.

The South African Policing Union (Sapu) suspects the killing was not just an ordinary crime.

Sapu general secretary Oscar Skommere said Makhubela's firearm and his wallet were still on him and this raised questions.

"A knife was used to kill him but he had a gun on him. This raises questions about the motive of the killing."

SLAIN OFFICERS

Makhubela's death brings to three the number of police officers killed by criminals in Gauteng alone in the last week.

Constables Mthokozisi Myezi and Casey Mafokoane were shot dead after stopping a vehicle near the Modderfontein off-ramp two weeks ago.

Gauteng police said they will make good on the promise to bring the alleged police killers to book.

At the same time, last month, an officer was shot dead at Park Station in Johannesburg.

The officer was responding to a robbery when he was shot multiple times 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 last month.

A 25-year-old constable in Somerset West in Cape Town was killed in March.

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.