A second police officer died in Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga this weekend after he and colleagues responded to a hijacking last night.
Art. Thabo Mdluli and two other police officers were on patrol on the R573 near Vlaklaagte when they came across the road on a Toyota Corolla with its emergency lights, Col. Police spokeswoman Brenda Muridili said.
The three officers approached the vehicle and then drove away.
Police officers chased the car in a chase until the Toyota stopped after a few kilometers. “One of the occupants got out and fired at the police.
“The police fired back, but Mdluli was hit,” she said.
As his colleagues tried to save Mdluli’s life, some of the suspects fled on foot.
A remaining occupant told police that the suspects who fled had held him hostage after they hijacked his car. He claimed the three suspects were in a white car with a blue light on. This vehicle apparently left shortly after the hijacking. Before the suspects could continue driving with him, police arrived, the man said.
Police executed his 72-hour activation plan to search for the attackers.
The National Police Commissioner, Gen. Khehla Sitole, expressed his condolences to Mdluli’s family.
“We must do everything possible to arrest those people who present themselves as police officers and hijack unsuspecting, law-abiding citizens.
“They should be arrested and prosecuted for the death of our colleague, as well as the hijacking,” Sitole said.
Maroela Media reported on Monday that a KwaZulu-Natal police officer died on Friday night when at least two men awaited him at his home and burned him.
Art. Xolani Zulu, 32, arrived at his home in KwaNyuswa at 19:30 on Friday. He was not on duty. The suspects fired at him with a gun and a handgun. He died on the scene.
Zulu, a married man with three young children, was attached to the KwaNdengezi police station and has been a police officer for eight years.