EC police commissioner says attacks on officers threat to democracy

Liziwe Ntshinga says the killing of policemen and women should not be taken lightly because it's an attack on the state.

The police flag outside the Welkom police station. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Eastern Cape police commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga has described attacks on police officers as a threat to the country's democracy.

Police in that province are mourning the death of Warrant Officer Wellbeloved Mtshawu who was gunned down in Veeplass near Port Elizabeth this week.

A task team has been set up to investigate the murder.

The Eastern Cape police commissioner has warned those behind attacks on police officers will face the full might of the law.

Ntshinga says the killing of policemen and women should not be taken lightly because it's an attack on the state.

She has set up a unit made up of detectives from the serious and violent crimes division to look into the latest killing.

The task team charged with finding Mtshawu's killers is following up leads, but it is yet to make any arrests.

Mtshawu's body was found in the driver's seat of an unmarked bullet-riddled police vehicle.

Reports suggest he was trying to flee from the gunmen.