The Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula has learnt with sadness about the passing two Police Officers from Thaba Nchu, Free State.
On Friday 16 June 2017, Captain Mabitle was on duty at Selosesha SAPS station when he received a call about a shooting incident that took place at Unit Extension in Thaba-Nchu. He went to investigate and upon arrival at the scene he found the dead bodies of two police officers. The bodies had gunshot wounds in the head.
The two members were cohabitating and had children together. It is suspected that the male police officer shot and killed his partner, then turned the gun to himself and committed suicide.
The tragic death of the police officers happens just a week after Mbalula visited Mangaung and engaged the community at an Imbizo.
Mbalula will be meeting with the Management of Police to try and understand the wellness programme that police officers go through. Mbalula said that he understands the stress that police officers often work under but that can and must never be a justification to take a life. He added that police officers should protect life not to take it, more especially the lives of loved ones.
“I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased, losing someone you love is a very painful experience,” said Mbalula.
Mbalula calls upon all good South African men to work with the Police in protecting women and children of our Country.