Tebogo Msimanga |
A 39-year-old alleged police attempted murder suspect and motor vehicle hijacker will appear in East London Magistrate’s court on Monday, 10 January 2022. He was arrested by East London based Serious Organised Crime Investigation (SOCI) team of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence Gathering (CIG) team and King William’s Town Flying squad at his place of residence at Ndevana location in King William’s Town on the 7 January 2022.
Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Eastern Cape Hawks said it is alleged that on 23 November 2021 at about 17:00, Warrant Officer Swanepoel of East London K9 Dog Unit was on patrol duties in Quigney area, East London when he noticed a suspicious motor vehicle.
“The police officer approached the vehicle attempting to stop the driver. He was allegedly met with a hail of bullets and sustained a gunshot wound on his upper body. The two suspects fled the scene on foot abandoning their vehicle.”
The Hawks investigation linked the suspect to armed robbery as well as numerous counts of motor vehicle hijackings in Keiskammahoek and Ugie respectively.