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Good News: Big dent made by DPCI into cop killings in SA

Despite 35 murders in three months, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) says it’s made a dent into cop killings in SA.

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) says it has made a massive dent into cop killings in SA. In a statement released National Head of the DPCI, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, he disclosed the progress that his department has made in cop killings in SA.

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According to the latest data available from the second quarter of 2023 on the South African Government website, 35 police officials were murdered over a three-month period. That’s a worryingly high figure. That equates to 11 cop killings in SA every month. Which is very nearly 3 per week!


Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya of the DPCI. Picture: Supplied.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya said, “An attack on any police officials is like an attack on the state, and the death of one police official, is one too many.” Regarding cop killings in SA, of the 35 murders, 37 arrests were made. Furthermore, of the 10 sentenced, five accused were sentenced to ten life imprisonments. This adds up to a combined 391 years behind bars.

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The five lifers are:

  • Sibuso Brendon Mcuwo (5 x life).
  • Mnelisi Khumalo Scara Hlongwane (2 x life).
  • Kusa Thulani Mziwendoda Fana Biyela.
  • Molefe Rapooie.
  • Shane Cecil Swartz.


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The Lieutenant General then elaborated on five-times lifer, Sibuso Brendon Mcuwo. Back in 2019 in the Eastern Cape, Mcuwo and four other robbers held six employees in a shop hostage at gunpoint. Police and the flying squad police responded immediately. A shootout ensued between the criminals and police. One Constable Dwane Alistair Kemp sustained injuries and later succumbed in hospital.

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Sibuso Brendon Mcuwo (39) was remanded in custody, and in July 2023, the Eastern Cape High Court sentenced him to five-life imprisonment sentences for police murder, attempted murder and robbery. The message from the DPCI is clear, cop killings in SA will not be tolerated, and the top investigative force in South Africa will be after you.

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