Hawks to pursue killers targeting police

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CAPE TOWN – Police will relentlessly pursue those responsible for police killings, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said on Sunday.

This followed the murder of three police officers in Cape Town this past week. The attacks also left three other officers wounded, Captain Lloyd Ramovha said.

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Constable Masibonge Mqwada, 33, was shot dead in Kraaifontein while reportedly dropping off a relative just after 1am on Saturday. Three armed assailants attacked in an apparent hijacking attempt.

Constable Thandoxolo Ndiki, 30, was found lying on a pavement in Delft at about 3.30am on the same day, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was taken to hospital, but later died.

His vehicle was recovered in Muizenberg on Sunday afternoon. The motive for the attack is still unclear.

Constable Amanda Ladlokova was shot dead on Tuesday night while on duty in Philippi East.

The circumstances surrounding these two murders were being investigated and one suspect had appeared in court during the week for the murder of Ladlokova, Ramovha said.

Hawks head Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza said police attacks remained a priority crime as this threatened the safety of communities.

“We shall continue to relentlessly pursue all [those] responsible in carrying out the directorate’s mandate of ensuring that all people are, and feel safe in the country. An attack on a police officer is an attack on the state,” he said.