After the murder of two Kraaifontein police officers – Sergeant Mdoko and Constable Breakfast – Minister of Police Bheki Cele reiterated his call for harsher punishments to be meted on those who kill police officers.
It is reported that a total of seven police officers have been killed in the past 15 days.
Ministry of Police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said, “On Thursday night, an intelligence-led police operation resulted in the arrest of nine suspects for the possession of unlicensed firearms in Khayelitsha.
“Two of the firearms found have been positively identified to belong to the slain police members.”
VK News reported that the Kraaifontein officers were allegedly ambushed, shot and killed while patrolling in Bloekombos in the early hours of morning on Saturday, 27 February.
“This breakthrough as a result of combined efforts of DPCI together with Crime Intelligence, Flying Squad and the Tactical Response teams is paying off and I am encouraged that the SAPS in the province has taken up the call to find the police killers dead or alive,” said Cele.
The minister believes that the crackdown of the suspects also means “fewer illegal firearms are on the streets of Cape Town, which are in many cases, used to commit violent crimes,” Themba stated.
“…Western Cape police arrested suspects, who investigators believe, will bring them closer to solving the murder cases of two Kraaifontein police officers,” said Themba.
A 32-year-old suspect has appeared in court for the murders and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance.