SHOOT OUTS ON KZN POLICE ON THE RISE
By: Gift Nyamapfene
KZN police chief, Mmanmonnye Ngobeni, said police lives are increasingly endangered by suspects who shoot at them on duty.
“Police officers in this province are confronted with gunfire on a daily basis when they attempt to arrest criminals,” said Ngobeni.
On Thursday night, five people suspected of hijacking and attempted murder shot at police from their vehicle in New Germany when they were ordered to stop.
Police Spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker said, “The suspects fired shots at the police who returned fire. The suspects continued to flee until the driver of the hijacked vehicle lost control and crashed into a wall.”
Naicker said two of the suspects were killed in the standoff and two others were arrested.
Police seized the firearms used in the shooting and suspect that they might have been used in other crimes.
A few days before the incident, three suspects opened fire at police in KwaMashu during a car chase. Police returned fire resulting in the death of one suspect. The other two managed to escape and they have not been apprehended.
“We would like to warn criminals that the police will not hesitate to retaliate when their lives are in danger. We are fortunate that none of our police officers have become statistics especially over the past weeks.”
Last year, the Daily News reported that 16 police officers were killed on duty. Gauteng topped the list with more than 20 cops fatally killed on the streets.