Two police officers were shot in the head in Philippi while giving a construction team a security escort according to the Daily Voice.
Officer Jannie Niewenhuys, 54, and Simthembile Nyangiwe, 49, were sitting inside their marked Law Enforcement vehicle when they came under attack at Sweet Home Farm in Philippi on Wednesday at 1.45pm.
The men were critically injured and taken to hospital in two helicopters where they both passed away soon after.
When their colleagues arrived at the scene, Niewenhuys could be seen sitting in the driver’s seat with a bullet hole in his face while Nyangiwe lay on his stomach in the sand outside the vehicle with a bullet hole to his head.
Police say the men’s service pistols were stolen, which is believed to be the motive behind the attack.
JP Smith, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, says they will be working with cops to bring the perpetrators to book.
“The officers were assigned to protecting workers engaged in a construction project from attacks, when they came under attack. They were airlifted to hospital,” he says.
“The City condemns this gratuitous act of extreme violence perpetrated against the officers who were serving the community.
“The City will assist SAPS in leaving no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice so they can answer for their cowardly deeds.
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