Another police station attacked, inmate killed, Mthatha

South African Police Service

Another police station attacked, inmate killed, Mthatha
Another police station attacked, inmate killed, Mthatha

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has instructed that the 72 hour Action Plan be activated following the attack on Ngangelizwe Police Station in Mthatha, Eastern Cape province during the early hours of this morning, 13 August 2018, where a 38 year old person in custody was allegedly killed by four unknown balaclava clad gunmen.

It is alleged that four suspects in possession of firearms entered the Community Service Centre just after midnight and held the members on duty at gunpoint. Two of the suspects proceeded to the holding cells and the members heard several gunshots. The suspects then fled the scene.

Upon investigation, it was found that a person who was in custody had been fatally shot. He was arrested on the 29th of July 2018 for possession of firearms. The motive for the killing will be investigated by the multidisciplinary team that has been activated, consisting of various specialised units including seasoned police investigators.

The National Commissioner has indicated that the Management of the South African Police Service is concerned and regrets the loss of life of a person in police custody. “The security of our police stations and the safety of our members and detainees in our police stations are of the highest priority”, said General Sitole.

“In the meantime, I have ordered that the 72-hour Action Plan be implemented immediately to track down these perpetrators who have total disregard for human lives as well as the authority of the State. I am confident that these perpetrators will be brought to book as we continue to stamp the authority of the State,” said the General.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service