By Jonk wa Mashamba
The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Khehla John Sitole has directed the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela to implement the 72-hour activation plan following a shooting that led to the death of an on-duty police officer in Sandton.
This incident occurred on Thursday morning at about 11:00.
The police officer, identified as Sergeant David Tsedu, who was stationed at the City Deep Port of Entry, was driving along a Katherine street in Sandown, Sandton, when he was gunned down by a group of suspects.
The suspects reportedly stole his service pistol and other items before fleeing the scene in a getaway car.
He was transported to a nearby hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries upon arrival.
General Sitole condemned the attack and extended his condolences to Sergeant Tsedu’s family, friends and co-workers.
“The motive for the incident is the central focus of our investigation. We will not rest until those who are behind this brazen attack have been apprehended,” said Sitole.
Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the SAPS is appealing to motorists and other eye witnesses to come forward and assist investigations by calling the crime stop hotline number on 086 00 10111 or downloading the MySAPS App on any smart phone.
“Callers are reminded that they may remain anonymous and all information will treated with strictest confidence,” Mathe said.