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There were 40 stabbings in Gauteng schools in the last five years. Image: Pixabay

Police officer STABBED and killed on New Year’s Day

A police officer was stabbed and killed on New Year’s Day, and he was disarmed of his service pistol during the incident

Gauteng schools learners crime

There were 40 stabbings in Gauteng schools in the last five years. Image: Pixabay

National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Fannie Masemola, has praised Gauteng Police for the quick arrest of a man accused of fatally stabbing an on-duty police officer on New Year’s Day, 1 January 2023 in Rosettenville.

Officer disarmed and stabbed

On New Year’s Day, 52-year-old Warrant Officer Ntshidi Marutla was disarmed of his service pistol and fatally stabbed.

This during a stop and search operation in Rosettenville.

Another member was stabbed and was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

Within hours of the crime, one male suspect was linked to the crime scene and arrested by members of the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

He was discovered with the murder weapon and the deceased member’s service pistol.

Marutla had 30 years of service with the organization, having joined in 1992.

He worked at the Moffatview Police Station.

Another case of the shooting of an off-duty police officer

In another case, Gauteng police launched a manhunt for four men suspected of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer.

He was shot at his home on 29 December 2022.

Warrant Officer Anton Seeber, a detective assigned to the Linden Police Station, was sleeping when unknown gunmen broke into his home and demanded his service pistol.

He was shot and killed, and his personal belongings, including his service pistol, were stolen.

Police are asking residents in the area to come forward with information that will help them apprehend those responsible for the murder.

The National Commissioner says management of the SAPS are concerned about the ongoing attacks and killing of police officers.

“We are consistently implementing our Police Safety Strategy and Plan to ensure the safety of members on and off duty. Communities need to also come on board and play an active role in handing over or sharing information on known criminals in their communities. Our condolences go to the families, friends and colleagues of our members, a speedy recovery to the injured member”, said General Fannie Masemola.

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