Police minister condemns killing of police officers

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga

Police Minister, General Bheki Cele has condemned the killing of two police officers in Cape Town.

A Sergeant in Khayelitsha and a Lieutenant Colonel in Bishop Lavis were both gunned down outside their homes this past week.

Colonel Charl Kinnear was shot and killed by unknown gunmen, on Friday, meters away from the driveway of his home. At the time of his death, the Colonel was investigating high profile cases within the Anti-Gang Unit.

Minister Cele visited the family of the slain officer, where he assured the family that such a cowardice act will not be taken lying down.

“This officer was one of the good guys but was taken away by ruthless criminals that where feeling the heat through his investigations. This is why we will leave no stone unturned and will be bringing in more resources if needs be, so those responsible for this heinous crime are found.”

Minister also visited the family of slain police officer Sergeant Thabile Mapoma at Khayelitsha.

The 43-year-old official was shot and killed outside his home on Thursday morning.  “Both the attacks further amplify my call to say, any attack on a police officer is at a direct attack on the state and is tantamount to treason. We will not rest until we deal decisively with those who choose to wage a war on the men and women in blue.” – Cele concluded.

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