Police hunt killers of two off-duty cops
TWO off-duty police officers were shot dead in two separate incidents on Friday.
Constable Lonwabo Kili, 31, was shot on the corner of Sarah Baartman and Symphony Way in Delft, and his was gun stolen. Kili worked at Bellville South police station.
Constable Siyamcela Ncipa, 37, was shot twice outside a friend’s house in Site B Khayelitsha. He too was robbed of his firearm. Ncipa was stationed in Mowbray.
His sister, Khanyisa, said he loved being a police officer, and was a quiet man who often made jokes.
“The whole family is going to miss him,” she said. The family were still in shock, Khanyisa said.
Western Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula visited Kili and Ncipa’s families yesterday to express his condolences.
Jula said the police were saddened by their murders, and he was concerned about the number of police officers who have been killed.
“We are very concerned and deeply affected at the rate it has happened. It seems to be happening at a rapid rate,” he added.
Jula said in 2016, there seemed to have been an increase in police killings. It had since decreased until it spiked again this year.
He told Kili and Ncipa’s families the constables’ shootings were not necessarily directed at the family, and assured them the police would do everything they could to apprehend the gunmen.
“We live in a society where individuals don’t care about the lives of others. So far, we have been very successful in all incidents where members have been attacked,” Jula said.
“It is disturbing to observe that criminals have no regard for human life. Not even police officers are spared as they also fall prey to these attacks.
“Ours is to work around the clock to get to perpetrators,” he said.
Detectives from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation have taken over the investigations.
Anyone with information about the shootings that can assist with the investigation are urged to contact the police on 08600 10111.