Tebogo Msimanga |
A 30-year-old man, Zwelinjani Deda appeared in the Orkney Magistrates’ Court on Friday for attempted murder of two police officers, robbery of a firearm and attempted rape. He was arrested on Wednesday at Kanana.
It is alleged that the suspect arrived at his sister’s house at Extension 13, at about 09:00 on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, and found his 16-year-old niece alone. He was allegedly caught red handed by another family member while attempting to rape the niece.
The suspect wrestled with the police officers and managed to grab a firearm from one the officers and randomly fired shots. As a result, a 30-year-old Constable was shot in the right upper arm. A 38-year-old Sergeant was shot on the left upper-arm. That prompted members to exit the house and call for Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) and back-up from the Tactical Response Team.
The suspect was ultimately arrested and the robbed firearm was recovered. The two members who were shot, were taken to hospital where they were treated and released
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, condemned this incident.
Deda will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Monday 28 September 2020.