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Another cop killed in Joburg

EWN understands two officers were shot during a stop & search & one has since died.

Police say the SAPS member was shot and wounded during a stop-and-search operation and later died in hospital. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - This morning an officer was gunned down in Jeppestown in a shootout.

Eyewitness News understands officers were conducting a random stop-and-search of a vehicle when they came under attack, one cop was shot and has since died.

This brings to four the number of South African Police Services members killed in the country this week alone.

Two officials were killed in separate shoot outs in Gauteng, while a Hawks member was stabbed to death along the N2 Highway in Cape Town earlier this week.

And in another incident, an officer was shot and wounded near Mthatha.

Just before 10am several people claim to have heard gun shots going off.

A man who was nearby said, "We started hearing this shooting, so we thought it was somewhere around the hostel. From what we've heard it had to do with a robbery."

And a motorist who drove by the scene said, "The place has been cordoned off with cops and traffic cops. It looks like there was a shooting; people shooting at the cops."

In Gauteng, an officer was murdered in the line of duty in Vosloorus in eastern Johannesburg and one in Themba north of Pretoria.

N2 COP MURDER CASE POSTPONED

The case against two men accused of the murder of a Hawks official on the N2 has been postponed. The two made their first appearance earlier today in the Somerset West Magistrates court.

They allegedly robbed and stabbed to death Warrant Officer Petrus Holz.

Holz pulled over after he got a puncture on Wednesday morning.

He was then attacked.

Adrian Hendricks and Xavier Ryan appeared briefly in court this morning.

The case has been postponed to the 7 August.

Both have opted for legal aid.

As he was led back down to the holding cells, Hendricks greeted his grandmother who was sitting in the public gallery.

On Thursday, Acting Provincial Police Commissioner Thembisile Patekile said he believes police have a strong case against the two.

He added detectives are investigating whether they can be linked to other attacks on the N2.

52 SAPS MEMBERS KILLED SINCE JANUARY

The latest police death figures released have confirmed an upward trend in the number of officers killed which started two years ago.

The police confirmed on Thursday that 52 members had been killed since January. Forty-seven were killed during the same period last year.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has condemned what he has termed the slaughter of the country's protectors.

The institute for security studies' Johan Burger said the increase in the number of police officers killed appears to correlate with the increase in violent crime experienced over the last few years.

"Our police officers are in frontline against these criminals, it does explain to some extend where the increasing crime levels, we're also seeing an increase in the number of officers being killed."

He said your police on patrol are not always equipped to deal with organised criminals.

"They are of course armed with machine guns. Very often they have excellent training and then they are absolutely prepared to fight it out with our police men."

Police management said it's doing its best to prepare members when faced with well-armed and violent gangs.

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