Eight suspects have been taken in for questioning after a 35-year-old Constable was shot on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at Ezakheni, Ladysmith. Constable Thandekile Promise Sikhakhane was on her way to work when she gave a lift to two females from Ladysmith to Ezakheni Township.
She drove pass Ezakheni police station where she was working to drop off the two females.
Upon dropping of the first female they were allegedly approached by three suspects who fired several shots fatally wounding her. The suspects made off with her service pistol and she was declared dead at the scene.
On Friday the Newcastle Serious Organised Crime unit working together with Crime Intelligence and Ladysmith Crime Prevention members conducted a joint operation after they received information about unlicensed firearms in B section Ezakheni.
The team swooped on the suspects and upon searching a Z88 9mm pistol belonging to the late Constable Sikhakhane was recovered. The joint team proceeded to Ladysmith where another 9mm pistol suspected to be the murder weapon was also recovered.
The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to determine if it was used in Constable Sikhakhane’s murder and any other crimes in the country.
The investigation is still proceeding.
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