Police Minister Bheki Cele will on Tuesday visit the family of the police constable who was shot and killed in Delft at the weekend and visit his colleagues who were injured in the attack, the minister’s office said.
“Following a shooting incident where SAPS members were shot at in Delft on Sunday morning, Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele will visit the members who were injured as well as the family of the late Constable Khetiwe.”
The shooting of three police officers in Delft was described as a brazen attack on the State by Western Cape Minister for Safety and Security Albert Fritz, the SABC reported.
“We see this as a very interesting declaration of war by the gang members on the state. We really have to deal with this urgently and investigate properly so that we can have those people behind bars as soon as possible, but we also want to call on all our communities to please assist the police with information,” Fritz said.
Constable Construction Khetiwe, 32, was shot in the head by a gunman in Delft South who also wounded two fellow officers who were on patrol with him. One was shot in the eye and the other in the arm.
Shortly after the incident the suspect attacked a second police vehicle in a neighbouring street. SAPS officers retaliated and shot the suspect in his left leg and he was subsequently arrested.