An Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police officer (EMPD) has died and another hospitalised after being shot during a looting spree in Katlehong on Monday.
According to EMPD spokesperson Kelebogile Thepa, the incident occurred shortly after 21:30 on Monday during the mass looting of Sam Ntuli Mall in Katlehong.
“The deceased officer succumbed to the injuries after an ambulance could not get access to the scene of the incident due to road closures in the area.”
She said police responded to information that protestors were flooding the mall when criminals opened fire on the EMPD officer while monitoring the situation and trying to maintain law, order, peace, and stability in the area.
“The deceased EMPD officer was based at the Zonkezizwe precinct and would have been 12 years in the service as a metro police officer today.
“His colleagues who witnessed the incident have been provided with the necessary professional support.”
Thepa said the EMPD Commissioner, Mr Isaac Jabulani Mapiyeye has called for calm.
“He appealed for peace and order, especially during these trying times when the country is dealing with the silent assassin the Covid-19.
“It is regrettable that the officer died at the hands of the community he worked so hard to serve and save, it is extremely unfortunate that we have lost such a dedicated member of staff who respected and loved serving the people. We do hope that the community will assist us to find the perpetrators of this senseless act and put them behind bars where they below.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa told South Africans ‘the army will be sent in’ to quell the violent riots that have gripped both KZN and Gauteng, in the aftermath of Jacob Zuma’s incarceration.
“The SANDF deployment will take place this week, and it is hoped that our collection of soldiers can help restore law and order to each region.”
He warned the nation that ‘food and medicine shortages’ could be caused by these riots.
Ramaphosa slammed those who ‘instigated chaos’.