Police officers were deployed in the Gugulethu area of Cape Town on Sunday night following an incident where an off-duty constable was shot and killed. Two suspects were swiftly arrested for the murder.
“At around 21:00, the 35-year-old constable stationed at Disa Court Bishop Lavis was shot and killed during an apparent robbery at a spaza shop in the Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu,” said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.
“In search of the suspects, our members followed up leads which resulted in the arrest of two suspects, aged 26 and 36.
“Their accomplices and the firearm used in the murder are still being sought by our investigators.”
Killing of police officer in Gugulethu condemned
The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police, Lt Gen KE Jula, welcomed the swift arrest of the suspects.
He warned that serious and violent crimes in the province will be tackled with all the SAPS’ resources.
“This is to bring an end to the crime spree of criminals, who has no regard for the life of others.”
Once charged, the suspects are due to make a court appearance in Athlone on a charge of murder.