Po­lice hunt killers of two off-duty cops

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - TANYA PETERSEN

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.

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