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Madness: Police robbed of guns, cellphones at Khayelitsha station

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Oct 24, 2021

Khayelitsha South African Police Service (SAPS) members suffered humiliation after suspects robbed them of firearms, mobile phones, and a laptop on Saturday. The drama followed after Bheki Cele launched the Safer Festive Season campaign in the township.

KHAYELITSHA POLICE ROBBED

The shocking incident happened at a satellite police station in the large township’s subsection, Makhaza. The suspects left the scene with two pistols, three cellphones, and a laptop computer. The Hawks have now been handed the responsibility to nab the three suspects.

“At around 9 pm the armed suspects approached two members who were on duty in the community service centre and held them at gunpoint,” said SAPS spokesperson Novela Potelwa.

“They disarmed the police members and fled with two 9mm service pistols, three cellphones, and a laptop computer. The members were fortunately not injured during the incident.”

ROBBERY HAPPENED AFTER CELE’S VISIT

To add more salt to the wound, the incident followed just a few hours after Bheki Cele had been in the area to launch the Provincial Safer Festive Season and Country in Blue.

A sum of 155 new police vehicles were unveiled for 16 clusters in the area, as well as a mobile police station in Makhaza.

The event was supported by various law and high government authorities including the Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, SAPS Deputy National Commissioner for Policing and Operations, and the Provincial Commissioner Lt General Masemola.

Other relevant bodies that honoured the event included the Business Against Crime, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department of Correctional Services, and the Khayelitsha Development Forum.

Meanwhile, in Soweto, two policemen were savagely killed at the Jabulani Hostel. The report says the cops were shot dead in what was a brutal disarming of their service guns. One officer died on the scene, while his companion later lost his life as he arrived at the hospital for treatment.

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