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Anti-gang unit member killed in WC remembered as dedicated policeman

It’s understood sergeant David Hoffman was protecting a stranger over the weekend, who was being chased by a mob, when fellow officer sergeant Marlon Appollis shot him dead.

Sergeant David Hoffman. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The anti-gang unit member who was apparently accidentally shot dead by a fellow officer has been described as a committed asset to law enforcement.

It’s understood Sergeant David Hoffman was protecting a stranger over the weekend, who was being chased by a mob, when fellow officer sergeant Marlon Appollis shot him dead.

Hoffman has now been laid to rest while Appollis faces a culpable homicide charge.

Police Minister Bheki Cele described this as a “tragedy”.

“A person accidentally pulled the trigger and killed a close friend and colleague.”

Thursday saw friends, family and colleagues gather to mourn Hoffman’s passing and to remember his 14-year career in the South African Police Service.

His colleagues described him as a dedicated and well-disciplined policeman.

Ironically, Hoffman’s speciality was fraud investigation and he’d only joined the anti-gang unit a year ago.

Lieutenant-colonel Abraham Brown said Hoffman took pride in crime-fighting to make communities safer.

His family said the SAPS was his life, adding he was proud to be part of the force to deliver the important service.