Eight suspects have been taken in for questioning after a 35-year-old Constable was shot on Tuesday at Ezakheni, Ladysmith.
In a statement released by KwaZulu Natal Police, Constable Thandekile Promise Sikhakhane was on her way to work when she gave two females a lift from Ladysmith to Ezakheni township. Upon dropping one of the females, they were allegedly approached by three suspects who fired several shots fatally wounding her. The suspects ran away with her service pistol and she was declared dead at the scene.
The Newcastle Serious Organised Crime unit working together with Crime Intelligence and Ladysmith Crime Prevention members conducted a joint operation on Friday after they received information about unlicensed firearms in B section Ezakheni.
The police recovered a Z88 9mm pistol belonging to the late Constable Sikhakhane. They proceeded to Ladysmith where another 9mm pistol suspected to be the murder weapon was also recovered.
The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to determine if it was used in Constable Sikhakhane’s murder and any other crimes in the country. The investigation is still proceeding.