Second cop dies in Soweto shooting

The policeman was gunned down along with a warrant officer who died on the scene this afternoon.

FILE: Two police officers were gunned down in Dobsonville, Soweto, on 9 September 2015. Picture: iWitness @Samu_Khumalo.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed the constable who was wounded in a shooting in Dobsonville, Soweto, has died.

He was gunned down along with a warrant officer who died on the scene this afternoon.

The pair from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit were shot by a gang of armed men.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "We have launched a manhunt for a group of about eight suspects who shot at the police officers; it appears these suspects were chasing the officers."

In what now appears to be a hit, police say the two detectives gunned down in Dobsonville were being chased by their attackers before they crashed their car.

Dlamini says the two offices were fleeing from their attackers.

"The suspects chased these detectives when their car collided with another vehicle. During the accidents… that's when they got out of the vehicle and shot the police officers."

The police have been unable to say why the detectives were being chased or elaborate on the motive for the attack.

The shooting took place as the Gauteng Community Safety Department and provincial police bosses brief the media on efforts to combat cop killings.

During the briefing, the Gauteng Safety Department said it was increasing efforts to remove unlicensed firearms from the province.

Nkosi-Malobane says more officers would still be alive if there were fewer firearms in circulation.

"All these illegal guns at some point were legal, because of the carelessness of the owners, they are now in the hands of criminals at this point in part to irresponsible gun ownership, and insecure storage and handling of guns."

The number of police officers killed on duty in Gauteng in just the past three months has now risen to ten after the constable succumbed to gunshot wounds in hospital this afternoon.

MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says officers are not using the equipment provided to them to protect themselves.

She is extremely concerned about the high number of officials who are not using their bullet proof vests which is required even if they are only working in police stations.

"Some have said they are too heavy and some have gone to the extent of removing the inner plates to make them lighter. This is worrying."

Nkosi-Malobane has condemned the killing of the two Soweto detectives and say they plan to arrest the criminals as soon as possible.

Nearly 60 police officers have been killed since the start of the year.