The KwaZulu-Natal SAPS K9 Unit has appealed for assistance from the community to assist in donating dogs to the unit.

This week, two dogs; Shaka from Shongweni K9 was shot dead in the line of duty and Simba from PMB K9 Unit was also shot and killed while Duke was airlifted to hospital and is reportedly up and about now.


KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the SAPS K9 Unit would like to appeal for assistance from the community to assist in donating dogs to the unit.

“The canines play a huge role in fighting crime in the province. The unit has a shortage of dogs since two canines were shot dead while fighting criminals at Maqongqo on 14 June 2021.

“German shepherd and Rottweiler between the ages of one and three will be appreciated. All those who wish to donate can contact Colonel Naidoo on 082 417 6168/ 031 312 1499.”


Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that police officers and K9 members had hunted the wanted suspects from 8am on Monday. 

“The police officers were following up information about the suspects who were wanted for the killing of the Ndwedwe Acting Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jabulani Ndawonde who was killed last month by the ruthless killers,” Mbele said.

“The information led the police to Maqongqo, an area which falls under Bishopstowe policing precinct in Pietermaritzburg, where four suspects were seen travelling in a vehicle. The police tried to intercept the suspects but they were met by a hail of bullets. During the gun battle, the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled into the sugarcane fields,” Mbele said.

“Two suspects were fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire. A canine was shot dead and the other two canines were rushed to a veterinary clinic after they were shot by the group of thugs. Another suspect was found dead in the sugarcane fields. Two rifles and four pistols were recovered at the scene. The investigation conducted revealed that the suspect’s vehicle was stolen,” she said.

READ: K9 Unit Members: Watch Duke airlifted to hospital for treatment


Presh JM Reporter

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