Task team set up to catch cop killers in CT

Constable Nkosiphedule Makeleni (37) was off-duty when he was shot dead in his private car.

FILE: Police say following an initial investigation it seems the perpetrators may have been after the officer's service pistol. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Acting Western Cape Police Commissioner Thembisile Patekile says a task team has been established to hunt down the killers of a Cape Town police officer.

Constable Nkosiphedule Makeleni, aged 37, was shot dead in his private car on the premises of a primary school in Harare last night.

He was off duty at the time, but still dressed in his police uniform.

Patekile says police won't rest until those responsible for the constable's death are behind bars.

"It is actually shocking and sad that we lost such a dedicated member within our service. He was going home from duty as he serviced his country during the day."

Police say following an initial investigation it seems the perpetrators may have been after the officer's service pistol.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says a R50,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can assist authorities with information leading to a conviction.