Gang attacks officers in Port Elizabeth

South African Police (SAPS)

Police officer shot in Kempton Park.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga has strongly condemned the attack on two police officers on Sunday, 12 February 2017 while executing their duties.

“The SAPS will not be deterred by this attack on its members and will remain resolute in ensuring peace and stability to the citizens of the Northern areas of Port Elizabeth,” said Lt Gen Ntshinga.

Last night at about 21:45, members from SAPS Bethelsdorp conducted observation duties behind a bus stop in Booysens Park Drive due to recent gang related shooting incidents which occurred in the area during the weekend. During the stakeout, members heard voices and the sound of cocking of firearms in the nearby open field. Shots were then fired at the members who retaliated.

It was later established that a person was transported to hospital with a gunshot wound. The person died on arrival at the hospital. Augistine Smith (32), affiliated to the Good Fellows gang, sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Police are investigating two cases of attempted murder and an inquest docket has been opened in connection with Smith’s death.

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