Two arrested & charged for killing cop on N2

Police confirmed that two suspects have now been arrested and charged for the murder.

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

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Hawks official on the N2 highway in Cape Town.

Warrant officer Petrus Holz, 50, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Wednesday morning after stopping on the side of the highway to change two flat tyres.

Several people were taken in for questioning, but Western Cape police chief Thembislie Phathekile confirmed that two suspects were arrested and charged.

Earlier, 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."

Meanwhile, police are searching for a gunman after a constable was shot and killed in Themba north of Pretoria, bringing to three the number of officers murdered in South Africa in the past 24 hours.

Police are also searching for a gang of armed robbers who murdered a Vosloorus policeman following a shootout at the Vosloorus Crossing Shopping Centre yesterday.

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