The South African Police Service management in the Eastern Cape has offered condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased Sergeant Vakele Mark Mjoli aged 43 who was fatally wounded on Saturday morning, 3 September 2022 at about 9:00 in Engcobo.
Sergeant Vakele Mark Mjoli was part of a crime prevention response team consisting of four officers who received an emergency call of an armed business robbery that was in progress in one of the retail chain stores in town.
According to the information, as they arrived at the shop, Sergeant Mjoli approached a man who was standing in front of the door and clad in security gear. Believing that the man was a security officer, he enquired from him the whereabouts of the suspects. The man pointed and directed him to the door.
As he was proceeding towards the door, the man who was later identified as one of the suspects, turned and started shooting at the police officer who died at the scene.
As SAPS member’s colleagues advanced towards and inside the shop, they were also met with a hail of gunfire from other suspects who were inside the shop. Consequently, another member Constable Mfundiso Ndede aged 35, suffered serious injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for medical care.
On the other hand, two of the suspects were fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire.
Two pistol firearms believed to belong to suspects were found at the scene. One vehicle also believed to have been a getaway car, was also found in the area.
Two of the five suspects are still at large, whilst one was arrested by the police.
A murder case, attempted murder case and inquest are currently under investigation. No money was reported stolen during the incident.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene has immediately conveyed a word of sympathy and deepest condolences to the affected families. “It is really sad that on the eve of the National Commemoration Day for our fallen heroes, we woke up to yet another tragic and cold-blooded killing of our member. We shall not sleep, until the rest of those involved in this heartless act of brutality are found, to face the consequences of their actions in the courts of law. I also wish Constable Mfundiso Ndede a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained during this ordeal. Our thoughts and prayers as SAPS family in the Eastern Cape are with their families. May Sergeant Mjoli’s precious soul rest in eternal peace” Lieutenant General Mene concluded.