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Frequent N2 travellers devise safety strategies

A WhatsApp group has been formed and a protest is also being planned for next Saturday.

FILE: 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 - A group of people who regularly travel on the N2 have banded together to prevent themselves from falling victim to crime on the highway.

A Hawks official was killed along the freeway earlier this week.

Warrant officer Petrus Holz was attacked and stabbed to death after he had stopped to change two flat tyres.

Two people have been arrested for the killing.

Police say the two suspects allegedly obstructed the highway and caused two flat tyres.

It's one of several incidents on the stretch of road in which motorists have been targeted by criminals in recent months.

Somerset West resident Stephen Leppan has formed a WhatsApp group to communicate with others who have to use the N2 frequently.

Leppan explains he has also approached community crime fighting groups like Helderberg Crime Watch.

"We'll also try to get a permit to have a convoy next Saturday in protest for a safer N2 and ask government to do something about it."

HOLZ MURDER

Acting Provincial Police Commissioner Thembisile Patekile said they're investigating a possible link between Holz's killing and similar attacks on the highway.

"Jointly with the City and the provincial traffics, we're looking at now another way of maybe we should think now like the criminals because they're counteracting our movement.

"Perhaps we should look at now how do we think like the criminals to catch them. We want to go and visit their minds."

The murder of Holz brings to three the number of police officials killed in the country this week.

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

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko o n Thursday said he's deeply concerned with what he's termed the slaughter of the country's police officers.

Nhleko said society cannot stand by and watch the slaughter of those supposed to be protectors and has called on communities to help the authorities track down cop killers.

The police's Vishnu Naidoo said measures have been put in place to better protect their members.

"We improved on our tactical training, we implore on our members to use their bullet resistant vests. We also send out regular communications to our members so they take the necessary precautions as they're expected to."

A suspect arrested in connection with the cop killing in Temba is expected in court today.

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