Every day, law enforcement officers witness the divisiveness of communities on a personal level and they risk injury or death in the name of serving the community and the country at large.
Two police officers were imperilled by criminals on separate occasions over two days. Unfortunately, Warrant Officer Siyaphi Jan Msiza, 57, didn’t live to tell the tale, he was stabbed to death in Kwamhlanga, while a 42-year-old constable in Hendrina survived a stray bullet. Police brutality appears to be used as a scapegoat by criminals.
A 42-year-old Hendrina constable was shot in the leg by a stray bullet while following a lead on four suspicious personnel who were camping in a park. When the police approached the suspicious people, they began firing at them and fleeing in different directions, leaving the constable with a bullet wound and a police vehicle riddled with bullets. However, this did not deter the police from pursuing the suspects, and with the assistance of Hendrina residents, they were able to apprehend one man, aged 34, from Witbank.
A firearm with serial numbers filed off, as well as 11 rounds of live ammunition, were discovered in the suspect’s possession.” The suspect was charged with attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, but police cannot rule out the possibility of charging him with additional offences.
“Police urge anyone with information that can lead to the tracing and arrest of the remaining suspects to contact Detective Sergeant Refelwe Baloyi at 071 623 1012. Members of the public can also call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via the MySAPS App.” All information received will be kept strictly confidential, and callers may remain anonymous.”