An awaiting trial prisoner held up police officers at the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court’s holding cells and shot dead a captain before escaping, Gauteng police said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Joshua Bomba Shongwane was at the court cells when he held up three police officers and pointed them with a firearm. He took the cell keys and locked them in an office inside the court cells. He allegedly went downstairs where he shot a Captain and escaped. The officer was shot in the lower body and died at the scene,” said spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.
“An investigation is underway to determine how the awaiting trial prisoner got hold of a firearm whilst he was in the court cells”.
Dlamini said Shongwane had escaped from custody before. He was on trial for nine vehicle hijacking cases committed in Tembisa, Rabie Ridge and Kagiso during 2012.
Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane called for a harsh sentence for Shongwane once he is rearrested.
“The province has been robbed of a selfless and dedicated member of the South African Police Service. I am totally disturbed by the brazen attack and disregard of our police officers by these callous criminals. I appeal to the criminal justice system to apprehend the suspect and ensure that he receives the harshest sentence. On behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Government, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the captain’s family, friends and fellow SAPS members.”
South Africa Today – South Africa News