Police officers killed on duty

This month alone, three police officers have already been attacked and killed. On Wednesday of last week, when Sergeant Lwando Bhunga (41) of POP went to respond to a money robbery that had occurred that evening, he was fatally shot in Westbank, East London.

On Sunday, Sergeant Khayalethu Mbonomnyama (42) was shot near Aya’s Tavern on Mgwalana Street in Motherwell. Another police officer, Sergeant Mario Nel (42) was shot dead inside Motherwell Magistrate’s Court in Gqeberha by the suspect.

The man who shot Nel appeared in court in Motherwell on Monday for the murder charge, which was postponed until next month, June 5. In custody is the suspect.

The spokesperson for the Hawks in the Eastern Cape, Yolisa Mgolodela, says that while the reason behind the police shooting is yet unknown, the Hawks are looking into it.