Another police officer murdered

The policeman was killed in a shootout with gunmen in Temba, north of Pretoria.

South African Police Service flag. Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - A policeman has been killed in a shootout with gunmen in Temba, north of Pretoria, bringing to three the number of officers killed in South Africa in the last 24 hours.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said the 35-year-old constable from Temba was shot while responding to a business robbery.

"When he arrived at the scene with his colleagues, there was a shootout between them and the suspects and the police officer was shot and wounded and taken to hospital but died on arrival."

The suspect's alleged accomplice was also killed during a shootout with police in the early hours of this morning.

Police have also launched a manhunt for a gang of armed robbers who murdered a Vosloorus policeman following a shootout at the Vosloorus Crossing Shopping Centre.

The officer died on the scene on Wednesday while his colleague was left traumatised.

Police said they're looking for at least six armed men.

The police's Mack Mngomezulu said the two officials were caught by surprise when they responded to gunfire from one of the robber's vehicles.

"They were aware that the suspects had two cars. One went around the front and one came from behind and then they shot one of the members, who died on the scene."

CAPE TOWN

Also on Wednesday, a Hawks official was stabbed to death in Cape Town.

Police and forensic experts at the scene where a police officer was stabbed to death in an attack on the N2 highway. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

Hawks official Petrus Holz (50) who was attached to the Commercial Crimes Unit, was stabbed to death after pulling over on the side of the N2 highway to attend to two punctured tyres.

Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner Jeremy Vearey confirmed that several men were taken in for questioning.

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

The Hawks have confirmed five people have been taken in for questioning

Meanwhile, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has condemned the killings, urging management to properly equip members.