traffic officer shot dead

A traffic officer from the Department of Transport. Image via Twitter/@SABreakingNews

Elderly traffic officer shot dead while on duty

A 62-year-old traffic officer was allegedly shot dead by the driver of a car he had stopped while on duty in broad day light.

traffic officer shot dead

A traffic officer from the Department of Transport. Image via Twitter/@SABreakingNews

Police are investigating a case of murder after a 62-year-old traffic officer from the King Sabatha Dalindyebo local municipality in the Eastern Cape was shot dead while on duty. 

The officer was allegedly shot in the Central Business District (CBD) on Monday afternoon, 10 October 2022.


According to South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, it is alleged that at about 12:15, Traffic Officer Daniel Mxoli stopped a silver grey Toyota Tazz when an argument ensued between himself and the driver of the vehicle. 

Naidu said the vehicle drove off and parked nearby. The driver of the vehicle approached the traffic officer and shot him twice before fleeing in his car.

“A case of murder is under investigation. Police are appealing to any person  who can assist in tracing the suspect to contact SAPS Mthatha detective commander, D/Lt Col Tamsanqa Ntshatsha on 072 102 3468 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station. Tip-offs can be submitted by using the My SAPS App. All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous.” 

Priscilla Naidu


In a separate incident, a man was shot after he allegedly attempted to stab a law enforcement officer on Cowey Road in Morningside, KwaZulu-Natal.

The man who is approximately 30 years old  attempted an armed robbery when the officer intervened and shot him. The incident reportedly happened on Monday, 10 October 2022.

According to emergency service Emer-G-Med,  paramedics responded to the scene to find multiple law enforcement agencies in attendance. 

Spokesperson, Kyle van Reenen said the man was found to have sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was treated and stabilised on scene before being taken to a nearby hospital for further care.

“Reports from the scene are that the man was attempting an armed robbery when an armed reaction officer intervened. The suspect allegedly lunged at the officer with a knife attempting to stab him. The armed officer fired a shot in defence of his life wounding the suspect. The reaction officer was not injured in the ordeal.” 

Kyle van Reenen

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