2 CT metro cops recovering in hospital following N2 shooting

The incident occurred near the Borcherd's Quarry turn-off to Cape Town on Monday morning.

FILE: A Cape Town Metro police vehicle. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Two Metro Police officers are recovering in hospital after being shot while responding to a motorist stuck on the N2 highway.

The incident occurred near the Borcherd's Quarry turn-off to Cape Town at around 2:30 am on Monday morning.

The male driver, who was also shot and wounded in the attack, was forced to stop along the highway after driving over rocks that had been placed on the roadway.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they were approached by at least four attackers who fired shots at them.

The provincial police spokesperson, captain Frederick van Wyk, said: “When metro police stopped to assist the suspects, they randomly started shooting at them, injuring a female officer in the left leg and a male officer was shot in his upper right leg. Three attempted murder cases were registered for investigation.”

Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smit says they're offering a R50,000 reward for information that could lead to arrests.

"Camera operators detected rocks on the road. Officers responded but, in the meantime, a motorist drove over one of the rocks and stopped on the side of the road to attend to a burnt tyre. While doing so, another vehicle pulled over and one of the occupants shot the motorist. When Metro police arrived and inquired about what had happened, the suspects opened fire on them too."

The Cape Town Metro Police Department says patrols will be increased along the N2 highway and R300 freeway, following what seems to be a spike in attacks on motorists.

Metro Police chief Wayne le Roux says over the past three months, officers have assisted more than 300 motorists whose cars have broken down along the N2 and R300.

The suspects fled with an officer's firearm, radio and personal belongings.