One police officer killed, another attacked!

A Port St. Johns police officer who was not on duty was tragically killed on Friday, March 24. Another police officer was brutally attacked on Sunday, March 26, as she was leaving for work. The acting provincial commissioner, Major General Zithulele Dladla, has called for quick action to apprehend those guilty for the police officer’s murder.

In the first incident, it is alleged that on Friday at or about 14:15, Sergeant Vuyolwethu Madala (39), who was off duty, visited a local tavern in the Kwa Ntsila area of Tombo in Port St. Johns. “As he exited the liquor establishment, two males followed him outside and fired several shots at him from behind. The suspects then got into a white bakkie with no registrations plates and drove off,” Naidu stated.

Madala was rushed to a nearby clinic, where he passed away right afterwards. The unfortunate killing’s cause is unknown, and investigators are looking into a murder case.

In a separate incident, a female Sergeant (43), assigned to SAPS Grahamstown, was brutally attacked as she left her police housing to report for duty on Sunday morning.

“It is alleged that at about 05:40 the Sergeant was attacked by her ex-boyfriend (suspect) who ambushed her on the stairs and attacked her with a hammer. She received repeated blows to her head and hands. As she attempted to run back to her room, the suspect managed to pull her firearm and fired a shot at her. The suspect ran off with her firearm,” Naidu stated.

Naidu continued, “Police immediately launched a manhunt for the suspect, and he was found dead in Orgley Street in Grahamstown. He allegedly shot and killed himself. An inquest docket was opened.”

Along with directing the murder suspects’ swift arrest, Major General Dladla issued a warning that such brutal attacks on their fellow colleagues must not be condoned. “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of both victims, and we wish our injured colleague a speedy recovery. We are appealing to everyone on all levels of society to stand together with the police to stop these ruthless attacks,” said Dladla.

Dladla continued by saying that the prevalence of gender-based violence in our society, including within the SAPS, should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to take protective measures for society’s most vulnerable members and encourage them to come forward and report any instances of abuse or threats of physical violence.