Gauteng police hunt for cop killers

Two Gauteng police officers were killed in separate incidents on Saturday morning.

FILE: Two Gauteng police officers were killed in separate incidents on Saturday morning.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are still searching for the gunmen who shot and killed two officers in separate incidents in the last 48 hours in the province.

A third officer was wounded in a shooting in Hillbrow and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

An officer who was off duty in Atteridgeville when he was killed leaves behind a wife who is expecting twins.

The police have called on the community to take charge of their safety and to work with authorities to track down the culprits.

The police's Mashadi Selepe says they hope the officer who survived the shooting can identify the criminals.

"As the police we are always proactive and we make sure that we analyse each and every situation. But in this instance it looks like a coincidence in both cases where a woman was involved. We'll have to also strengthen our crime intelligence unit to make sure that we tackle crime."

Selepe adds the police won't rest until both cases are solved.

"The police in Gauteng won't rest until we bring those [killers] to book. And over and above that to also ensure the safety of our members.

Meanwhile, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Nkosi-Malobane says the families of the two officers have asked her to give them privacy for now.

She will visit on Monday.

Over 56 officers have been killed throughout the country since January.

Police management have urged their members to protect themselves and always call for backup.