72-hour action plan activated following Ngangezwe attack

Monday, August 13, 2018

National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has activated a 72-hour Action Plan following the attack on Ngangezwe Police Station in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape.

On Monday morning, a 38-year-old person in custody for possession of firearms - was allegedly killed by four unknown balaclava-clad gunmen.

It is alleged that four suspects in possession of firearms entered the Community Service Centre just after midnight and held the members on duty at gunpoint.

Two of the suspects proceeded to the holding cells and the members heard several gunshots. The suspects then fled the scene.

Sitole said the motive for the killing will be investigated by the multidisciplinary team that has been activated, consisting of various specialised units including seasoned police investigators. 

He raised his concern and regret at the loss of life of a person in police custody as the safety of members and detainees in police stations are of the highest priority.

“In the meantime, I have ordered that the 72-hour Action Plan be implemented immediately to track down these perpetrators who have total disregard for human lives as well as the authority of the State. I am confident that these perpetrators will be brought to book as we continue to stamp the authority of the State,” added Sitole – SAnews.gov.za