Brutal attack leaves police officers dead
\The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole, has strongly condemned the attack on the Ngcobo Police Station between Umtata and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.
An unknown group of armed suspects entered the police station in the early hours of this morning and, without warning, randomly opened fire on the members on duty. Three members were killed instantly in the Community Service Centre. An off-duty soldier was also shot dead as the suspects were fleeing.
The attackers made off with a police van taking two other SAPS officers with them. The bodies of both these officers were later found along the roadside six kilometres from the police station with gunshot wounds. According to preliminary investigations, it appears that members were shot execution style.
This callous and cold-blooded attack has been condemned in the strongest possible way by Sitole.
“I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning,” he said.
“I have activated a task team comprising of experienced detectives of the South African Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation to investigate this attack.”
This team will be supported by specialised medium to high-risk teams with the added support of the Airwing.
“We will not rest until we have tracked down these heartless killers and bring them to book”, added Sitole.
The National Commissioner has also called on the community to assist with any information that could help identify and bring these perpetrators to book. Sitole said that “this is a heartless attack on the State”.
While the motive for this attack is not clear SAPS has established the perpetrators had robbed an ATM a short distance away from the police station, stolen 10 firearms as well as a police van from the station.
Information can be communicated to the SAPS Crime Stop number 086-00-10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Spokesperson for the National Commissioner, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, can also be contacted on 082-567-4153.