JOHANNESBURG, September 30 – Police are investigating the circumstances in which a South African Police Service (SAPS) officer was killed, allegedly by rowdy pub patrons, in the early hours of Saturday morning in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, Gauteng police said.
The police officer and his colleagues were apparently flagged down by the owner of a local pub, calling for assistance with patrons who did not want to leave the pub when the owner wanted to close, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said.
“The crowd is said to have turned on the police, ending up with the officer being stabbed in the upper body, and his firearm stolen. The member was declared dead on the scene,” Peters said.
Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Deliwe de Lange expressed sadness at the murder of a second police officer in the city within the space of one week. A constable was shot dead last Sunday. De Lange appealed to witnesses to come forward with information that might help police arrest those responsible for the continued attacks on police.
In another incident man is in a critical condition after he was shot in the stomach in The Straight Road in Pineslopes in Fourways, Johannesburg on Saturday morning, paramedics said.
ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene at about 10.50am and found the man, believed to be in his late 30s, on the ground in a driveway, ER24 spokeswoman Annine Siddall said.
ER24 and medics from another emergency service treated the man and he was transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not yet known, but local authorities were on [the] scene to investigate, Siddall said.