15 WC cops attacked since January

The latest victim, Constable Leroy Scott, is recovering in hospital after being shot this week.

Scores of people, media, police and paramedics stand outside the cordoned off section on the scene where a police officer was shot in the face in Hazendal, in Athlone. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Fifteen police officers have been attacked in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year.

The latest victim, Constable Leroy Scott, is recovering in hospital after being shot this week by Hazendal resident Michael Volkwyn while responding to a complaint about his dogs.

The incident led to a more than 15 hour long stand-off between police and the 61-year-old who eventually shot himself.

Acting provincial police commissioner Thembisile Patekile said attacks on officers are deplorable.

"This is the 15th one from January up to now and that to us, it's a concern. What I would want to understand is, what goes through the mind of that person when he sees a policeman and he is in uniform and he shoots them."


The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has launched a probe into the incident.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega and some high ranking officials yesterday visited Scott at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital where they briefed the media.

Acting head of detectives Jeremy Vearey has confirmed shots were fired during the incident.

But he would not reveal any more details like how many shots were fired, because of the pending Ipid probe.

Vearey told reporters that efforts to get Volkwyn to surrender included flying down his brother from Johannesburg to help with negotiations.

"If the person wants to speak to a person they're more familiar with, that type of technique is used to try and stabilise the person."

Vearey has described Volkwyn as a highly trained individual with a military background.

Police also found several handmade weapons in his home.