Those who killed PTA cop have ‘satanic minds’

Captain Kenneth Poortman was hijacked stabbed to death along the Mabopane Highway.

Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - The policewoman widow of a slain Pretoria officer has thanked colleagues for their support during a visit by the Gauteng Community Policing Forum (CPF) and activists this afternoon.

Funeral arrangements are underway for Captain Kenneth Poortman, who was hijacked and then stabbed to death along the Mabopane Highway last night.

Three people have been arrested in connection with his murder; they are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates court tomorrow.

Sergeant Ann Poortman struggled to hold back the tears while talking to colleagues and anti-crime activists who visited her at her home.

She thanked those who have been supporting her and her loved ones.

"The family really appreciates [all the] support; every SMS single, every single card makes it just a little easier to move from this point to the next point."

Gauteng Provincial Community Police board chair, Andy Mashaile, also visited the family. He wants the perpetrators to receive the harshest punishment.

"You kill somebody like you did with the captain, you are inspired by the devil. You have a satanic mind."

The suspects are expected to appear in court on four charges including murder and kidnapping.

GOVERNMENT CONCERNED BY RECENT ATTACKS ON OFFICERS

Meanwhile, Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says, "It is very sad for our service; we thought we had managed to control police killings in Gauteng, through campaigns and strategies."

Captain Poortman's wife was unintentionally called to the scene of her husband's murder as part of her duties as a spokeswoman.

It was there that she discovered that he had been stabbed to death.

Nkosi-Malobane says what Ann Poortman went through was "horrific".

"It is very unfortunate; police officers are human beings too. They have got families, they have children, they have parents."

At the same time, in a separate incident on the same day , Constable Sibongiseni Mnguni was shot and killed at Isipingo in Kwazulu-Natal with his killers still on the run.

KwaZulu-Natal Safety MEC Willies Mchunu has urged communities to help stop police killings.

Spokesperson Sipho Khumalo said, "The government ought to be lobbied so that all attacks on police should be considered at equal to an attack against the State."

Both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng safety MEC's say they are deeply concerned about the latest police killings in their provinces.

Last week another police officer was killed while on duty in KwaZulu-Natal.