Top cop sought to end crime at hos­tels

Mofokeng killed a year ahead of his re­tire­ment

Sowetan - - News - By Tankiso Makhetha

Slain top cop Bri­gadier Male­fet­sane Mofokeng, 59, worked tire­lessly to quell ram­pant crime in the trou­bled hos­tels of Dube and Mead­ow­lands in Soweto.

And on the day he was shot twice in the ab­domen by two un­known gun­men who am­bushed him as he arrived home in Protea South on Wed­nes­day night, Mofokeng had just re­turned from a com­mu­nity meet­ing.

Bafana Zwane, chair­man of the com­mu­nity polic­ing fo­rum in Mead­ow­lands, de­scribed Mofokeng as a uni­fier who worked to­wards en­sur­ing that a re­la­tion­ship ex­isted be­tween the com­mu­nity and the po­lice.

“One of the first few things he did when he got to Mead­ow­lands was to have a meet­ing with the in­dunas (head­men) from the hos­tels be­cause he knew that the two ar­eas were prob­lem­atic,” Zwane said.

Zwane said Mofokeng placed the com­mu­nity ahead of him­self and en­gaged in meet­ings with them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“I was with him yes­ter­day [Wed­nes­day] af­ter­noon in a com­mu­nity meet­ing and was shocked when I re­ceived a call that he was killed at his home,” said Zwane yes­ter­day.

Yes­ter­day dozens of po­lice of­fi­cers con­verged at Mofokeng’s home to pay trib­ute to the Mead­ow­lands po­lice sta­tion com­man­der.

He was shot twice in the ab­domen in front of his 14-yearold daugh­ter af­ter a pair of thugs de­manded he hand over his ser­vice pis­tol. The as­sailants took his cell­phone be­fore they fled the scene.

He died on his way to the hos­pi­tal.

Mofokeng be­came Mead­ow­lands’ sta­tion com­man­der in 2015 af­ter be­ing at the helm of the Protea Glen po­lice sta­tion.

He was due to re­tire next year af­ter 37 years in the force.

Neigh­bour Neo Mos­ala said Mofokeng’s daugh­ter was shaken and dis­traught.

“We were in­doors when we heard the gun­shots and de­cided not go out be­cause they sounded close and heard his daugh­ter scream­ing. [We] found that he was shot; he was still breath­ing at the time,” Mos­ala said.

Mofokeng’s wife, who is an of­fi­cer at Jab­u­lani po­lice sta­tion, was de­scribed by SAPS of­fi­cials as ter­ri­ble shaken by her hus­band’s mur­der.

/VELI NH­LAPO

Gaut­eng po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Deliwe de Lange, mid­dle, ar­riv­ing at slain Bri­gadier Male­fet­sane Mofokeng’s Soweto home yes­ter­day. She says a team of top in­ves­ti­ga­tors were on the trail of po­lice killers.

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