Police officer remains in hospital following Gugulethu EMS ambush

Police officers, who had been escorting EMS personnel into an attack hotspot, were ambushed by a group of armed suspects on Wednesday evening.

Police van. Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – A police officer remains in hospital after he was shot and wounded in Gugulethu.

Police officers, who had been escorting EMS personnel into an attack hotspot, were ambushed by a group of armed suspects on Wednesday evening.

A shootout ensued after the suspects demanded the officers’ firearms.

One suspect was fatally shot while another was wounded.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the shooting and police have opened a case of attempted murder and the illegal possession of a firearm.

Western Cape Health MEC spokesperson Zimkhitha Mqutheni says, “We’re definitely calling upon the community members to report this to the police if they know who did this because usually, the community members would know who has actually attacked the police.

“So they need to go forward and report this to the police so that these criminals can be convicted.”

Policing analyst Eldred de Klerk says there needs to be a relook at how South African Police Service officers are trained specifically for scenarios like these.

“Protection officers are trained fundamentally different from officers who go out there and enforce the law and one other thing that is different in that protection unit is that in fact they are trained to avoid the engagement where weapons are discharged where these officers.”