Suspects allegedly involved in Soweto cop murders killed
Two policemen were chased by a gang of armed men yesterday and gunned down in Dobsonville.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba has confirmed two suspects believed to be involved in the murder of two officers in Dobsonville have been shot and killed.
The warrant officer and constable were chased by a gang of armed men yesterday and gunned down.
Mothiba says they followed up on all the information they received.
"Police investigations led our investigators to the Hoek Plaza on N3 this afternoon where our investigators were following a certain vehicle. The suspects fired shots at the police and our members retaliated."
Police also seized an R5 gun from the suspects.
A witness to yesterday's deadly shooting described how the men were hunted down and executed by a heavily-armed gang in three cars before items were removed from their car.
The pair were based at the Moroka Police Station's Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.
With three high-powered Golf GTIs on their tail, the two detectives had little chance of escaping in their small unmarked yesterday.
A woman said the chase ended with countless gunshots.
"They couldn't get away because they crashed into another car, and then the criminals opened their car, went straight to them and killed them. The one was still alive; they pulled him out of the car and shot him again and took both the detectives' guns."
Police said service pistols and dockets were removed from the car, but have yet to say why the two officers were hunted down and murdered.
Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says better strategies to curb police killings are urgently needed.
"The continued killing of members of the police services is an attempt undermine the legitimate authority of the state. This calendar year alone 60 members of the service have been killed and of those 27 were killed while on duty."
Nhleko says urgent action is necessary.
"Current trends impose a responsibility on us to urgently come up with better strategies to stop the further killing of members of the police service."
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Earlier today, a couple was robbed of a substantial amount of cash after drawing money from the bank in Douglasdale.
The pair were planning to buy a car from a local dealership, they were approached by at least three men in the parking area.
A bystander who witnessed the robbery opened fire on the suspects.
The police's Daniel Mavimbela said, "One of the suspects was wounded, the other fled the scene in a white BMW. They also hijacked another vehicle on Witkoppen Road but also abandoned it long Fourways."
One suspect was arrested and the wounded man along with his accomplice are still at large.