Another top police officer was murdered when gunmen pummelled more than 25 bullets into his vehicle as he drive home on Monday night. 

The suspects, who were armed with firearms, including at least one rifle, allegedly fled the scene in an NP200 bakkie according to witnesses.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that Jabulani Ndawonde, acting station commander of Ndwedwe police station in Illembe district had been gunned down on his way home at around 6.15 pm.

Mbele said a policeman who was conducting routine crime prevention controls at the Bhamshela Taxi Rank noticed Ndawonde’s police vehicle parked haphazardly on the side of Noodsberg Road facing a North West direction.

“The acting station commander of Saps Ndwedwe was slumped on the seat. He noticed the colonel was lifeless and there were gun shot wounds on the colonel’s head and right hand side hip,” Mbele said.

“According to the people at the taxi rank , one said that there were a lot of gun shots at the taxi rank. The people also stated that there were occupants of a NP200 bakkie speeding off from the crime scene,” Mbele said.

Mbele said the police recovered two shot gun cartridges, thirteen 9mm cartridges and twenty three rifle cartridges at the crime scene. 

“There were seven gun shot holes on the bonnet of the vehicle, six on the windscreen and 15 on the driver’s side door,” Mbele said. The police officer is survived by his wife and children.

Police Minister Bheki Cele described the spate of police murders as an unfolding “crisis” with “the potential to threaten the country’s peace and stability” when he released the latest crime statistics earlier this month.

“In the first three months of this year, 24 police were killed. Eleven of them were killed on duty while preventing, combating or solving a crime. Some were attacked or ambushed while conducting patrols and their official firearms stolen,” Cele said.

“It cannot be normal that police officers who each day, go out there to protect and to serve, are killed and the public remains unshaken. There is no public outrage, no outcry from activists and NGOs and no one is demanding justice for them. So, if we are to win this fight against crime, such criminal acts against police cant be ignored but be addressed at community level,” he said.

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Presh JM Reporter

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