Communication Officer for Point SAPS killed

FILE PHOTO: Capt BJ Simelane, second from left, with other Point officers during last year's festive season checkpoint operations.

CAPTAIN BJ Simelane Communication Officer for Point SAPS was shot and killed this morning at a bus stop, a few metres away from his residential home in Phoenix. At the time of the incident, Simelane was on his way to work.

Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, has appealed to the public to assist law enforcement agencies in condemning and apprehending those responsible for the on-going killings of members of the South African Police Service.

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According to eyewitnesses on scene, Captain Similane was approached by a man who shot him twice, fatally wounding him.

The suspect is believed to have fled the scene in a red VW polo.

Fifty-eight-year-old Captain Bheki Simelane, a veteran of the department, was found with all his personal belongings with him including his cell-phone, wallet and firearm.

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KwaZulu-Natal’s Acting Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Bheki Langa has described Simelane’s death as a huge loss to the organisation.

“Captain Simelane has paid the ultimate price with his life after 35 years of uninterrupted service, we thereby call upon the courts of the country to ensure that they mete out the harshest penalty possible,” Langa said.

Police are investigating a motive behind the assassination and a case of murder has been registered with Phoenix police station.

“The murder of any of our own is intolerable and such acts should not go unpunished. It is sad that we will be burying one of our own, because of an act of cowardice by a suspect(s) who will be caught and brought to justice. We hereby call upon anyone with information to come forward and assist us,” said Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

Anyone with information on the tragic shooting can call the crime stop hotline on 08600 10111 or alternatively, send a text message to 32211 with information and remain anonymous. Since the beginning of this financial year, beginning 1 April 2017, two police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Management of the South African Police Service said it viewed the attacks on policemen very seriously and called upon its members to respond accordingly to such attacks within the confines of the laws of the country. It said the use of proportional force and the exercising of maximum restraint must be guiding principles in the execution of its policing mandate.

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