Two metro police officers have been linked to the death of a constable in Cape Town on Tuesday 7 January.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) is heading up a homicide investigation into the suspicious death of a South African Police Services (SAPS) constable — and two City of Cape Town law enforcement officers have been linked to the crime.
How Cape metro police officers are linked to a cop killing
According to Western Cape police, the circumstances surrounding the death of 38-year-old Constable Thando Sigcu are key to establishing the role played by the Cape metro police officers in question.
It is believed that Sigcu was busy apprehending a robbery suspect in Heerengracht Street, in central Cape Town, around 21:00 on Tuesday 7 January, when two metro police officers stopped at the scene.
“Shots were discharged and the constable was fatally wounded. Meanwhile, the robbery suspect also sustained a gunshot wound and was subsequently admitted to hospital,” the police said in a statement.
Central to the investigation is identifying the murder weapon and establishing who pulled the trigger. A ballistic examination will be conducted to identify each gun that was discharged during the confrontation between Sigcu, the robbery suspect and metro police officers.
Newly appointed Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata expressed her condolences to the constable’s family and colleagues.
“Lieutenant General Matakata, who also visited the scene, has undertaken that the police’s employee health and wellness professionals will provide the necessary support to the family and colleagues of Constable Sigcu,” the statement read.
The Cape metro police department has not come forth with a statement addressing the incident, and at this time, the identity of the two law enforcement officers is still unknown.
The police have expressed their appreciation of the assistance offered by Hawks detectives heading up the investigation.
This is a developing story.
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Source: The South African