Cape Town – A taxi patroller has reportedly been arrested following the murder of a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer on Tuesday.
Officer Bongani Ngwenya was shot seven times during an argument with two men in Braamfischerville in Soweto, reported News24.
According to the City spokesperson Karabo Seane, Ngwenya tried to drive away after the argument but lost control of his vehicle, and the taxi driver and patroller caught up with him, the report said.
Seane said the taxi patroller reportedly fired the shots that killed the officer.
“The patroller handed himself over to the Dobsonville SAPS, carrying two firearms, one of which was Ngwenya’s. He has since been detained for further questioning alongside the taxi driver,” the report quoted Seane as saying.
Seane said the department has vowed not to surrender to criminals, saying it was unfortunate that police officers were turned into victims.
In July another JMPD officer was gunned down after confronting suspects in Joubert Park, reported The South African.
The report said officer Vongani Desmond Hlungwane was among officers conducting foot patrols in the area when they spotted five suspicious males.
“On Friday evening 29 July 2022, JMPD Operations officers assigned to the Buya Mthetho block patrol Undercover Unit were working on information received of suspects involved in multiple robberies in the Johannesburg Inner City,” the report quoted JMPD spokesperson Xolani Mfihla as saying.
The officers followed the suspects who started shooting and Hlungwane was shot multiple times, sustaining injuries to the head, chest and leg.
Hlungwane succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead at the hospital.
A murder and inquest docket was opened at Hillbrow police station.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe