“Those behind the killing of police officers must receive maximum prison sentence”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service(SAPS), General Fannie Masemola has commended the team investigating the murder of Constable Thango for the swift arrest of his killers.

A 32-year-old Constable Siyabonga Thango was among a group of crime prevention officers that were responding to a business robbery in Vosloorus on Friday, 21 July 2023 when he was fatally shot by armed suspects.

National Police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said at the time of Thango’s death, he had five years of service having joined the organisation in 2018.

“The investigating team mobilised all resources to apprehend his killers. On Sunday morning, the team followed up on information about the whereabouts of the killers.  Police pounced on them and a shootout ensued in Vosloorus. Two suspects aged 27 and 29,  were arrested and three firearms recovered.  The 27-year-old suspect later succumbed to his injuries in hospital”.

General Masemola said those behind the attacks and killing of police officers must receive the maximum prison sentence as these killings are an attack on the authority of the state.

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