Attack on Delft Police Officers Condemned
Statement by Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on police officers this morning in Delft which has seen one officer succumb to his wounds and another injured.
I wish to extend my condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers who suffer a great loss through this heinous crime committed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
The reports this morning that the gunmen were armed with explosives and automatic assault rifles raises serious questions on the availability of guns in our communities and where these firearms come from.
This murder in cold blood is an attack on the police and an attack on the communities our officers work to keep safe. I have faith in the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province that those responsible will be caught and will face the full might of the law.
The Western Cape Government fully supports the SAPS in the hunt for those responsible and urge anyone with information to report it to the police.
The Department of Community Safety’s R50 000 reward still stands. The reward is open to anyone who can assist with information that will result in the arrest and the successful conviction of those involved in the killing of police officers in the Western Cape.
The Western Cape Government condemns cop killings. While we have no operational control over SAPS, our government is committed to support the hard working police men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect others.
There can never be any justification for the killing of police officers, and we must show a united front against these crimes. I call on law abiding residents of the province to help with information that can see the murderers be brought to justice by the police.
Spokesperson for Minister Plato
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