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Hawks question 5 men over N2 cop killing

Hawks official Petrus Holz (50) was stabbed to death on the side of the N2 highway.

Hawks official Petrus Holz (50), was stabbed to death on the side of the N2 Highway. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The Hawks have confirmed five people have been taken in for questioning following the murder of one of their own on the N2 highway.

Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner Jeremy Vearey said, "The Hawks questioned several people in an attempt to reconstruct the issue. In the process, initially five people were brought in for questioning and a further two 22-year-old males, were then held for further detention and questioning."

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that five people were taken in for questioning, but nobody has yet been charged.

"As and when the investigation continues we'll be able to determine if any charges will be brought against any of them."

The Hawks said they will leave no stone unturned in their investigation.

Hawks official Petrus Holz (50) who was attached to the Commercial Crimes Unit, was stabbed to death on Wednesday morning after pulling over on the side of the road to attend to two punctured tyres.

Vearey confirmed there was an obstruction on the road which had caused the punctures.

While the exact motives are unclear, it's believed it was a robbery.

Listen to Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa on concerns over safety at the N2 highway:

SECOND COP KILLED

Gauteng police have confirmed that a constable has been killed during a shootout with a gang of armed robbers in Vosloorus.

The shooting happened earlier on Wednesday at the Chris Hani Crossing Shopping Centre as stores were preparing to open for business.

The police's Mack Mngomezulu said two officers on patrol noticed the gunmen holding up a shop before they came under fire.

"The police officers jumped out of the vehicle and fired back, not aware that the suspects were travelling in two cars. While they were concentrating on the car that was in the front, another one came from the back and shot one of the officers who died on the scene."

No one has been arrested.

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