Top cop sought to end crime at hostels
Mofokeng killed a year ahead of his retirement
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.
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.