Two off-duty police sergeants were killed in separate incidents in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 30 minutes apart.
One was shot while driving, and the other during an apparent robbery.
“In one incident, a 36-year-old police sergeant based at the Elsies River police station was driving in Solomon Tshuku Street in Site C at approximately 5.30pm when a gunman approached the vehicle he was driving and fired several shots at the driver,” said police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa.
“He was rushed to hospital, where he later died.
“Meanwhile, at 6 pm another police sergeant was shot while he was with friends at Mandela Park by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in an incident suspected to be robbery related. The police sergeant was working at Nyanga SAPS.”
Acting provincial police commissioner Maj-Gen Bongani Maqashalala said: “The two police officials were in the prime of their lives. They still had a lot to offer to the communities of the Western Cape. As the management of SAPS, we will continue to keep the bereaved families in our thoughts and prayers.”
Two murder cases are being investigated. So far, no arrests have been made.