Yet another police officer killed in Central SA

Yet another police officer was killed in South Africa. A North West police constable was fatally stabbed on Tuesday morning 28 January 2019.

Police spokesperson, Athelenda Mathe, says the officer was killed in a house in the Rhodes Park area near Mahikeng and his body was discovered lying in a pool of blood. She says the police’s preliminary investigation indicates that the 29-year-old officer was killed following an argument with a female suspect who has since been arrested and is due in court on Thursday 30 January 2019.

The National police spokesperson, Vish Naidoo, tells OFM News that the deceased’s name now forms part of a long list of officers who have been killed since the start of the year 2020. Though he could not elaborate on the current figure of murdered officers in the country this month,Naidoo does concede that at least three police officers were murdered this past weekend.

Meanwhile,the National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, has commended the vigilance of community members that led to the arrest of a suspect believed to have killed an off-duty police constable.

Mathe says the residents who heard screams coming from the said house alerted the police, who then subsequently rushed the victim to a local hospital but he sadly died on arrival. “At the scene, eye-witnesses pointed out the suspect and a 33-year-old woman was arrested. The woman will appear before the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 30 January 2020 for the alleged murder,” Mathe added.

Meanwhile,earlier this year, on 8 January, a Northern Cape police officer Constable Stephano NicoVisagie, 28, was found on the bed with a stab wound to the chest in Lennertsville, Keimoes. A man has also been arrested in connection with the murder of Visagie.