JOHANNESBURG, May 17 – Gauteng police have launched a manhunt of assailants who shot and killed Meadowlands police station commander Brigadier Malefetsane Mofokeng outside his home in Protea South, Soweto.
Mofokeng was ambushed and shot on Wednesday evening as he arrived home.
”While police have already embarked on an investigation to establish the circumstances leading up to the shooting, preliminary reports indicate that the brigadier had just arrived home between 18:30 and 19:00 when he was accosted by unknown suspects who then shot him. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was certified dead,” said spokeswoman Brigadier Dipu Peters.
Parliament’s community safety chairman Sochayile Khanyile condemned the shooting.
”Police officers are charged with the responsibility of protecting and securing the safety and security of citizens, and any attack on them places the safety of South Africans at risk.
“We urge law enforcement agencies in the province to move with speed in bringing to book those responsible for this senseless act; and send a strong message that any attack on police officers is an attack on the safety of our communities and must never be tolerated. We call upon anyone who might have information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible for this merciless act to provide this information to the police,” Khanyile said in a statement.
Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange sent condolences to the Mofokeng family.
”Police will leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrators of these incessant and heartless attacks on our members. In fact, we will not be deterred or discouraged from staying true to our commitment and calling, which is to serve and to protect the residents of Gauteng and the country. On behalf of the leadership of police in Gauteng, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of our slain member.”
De Lange and national commissioner General Khehla Sithole were set to pay a visit to the Mofokeng family.