DURBAN – A MANHUNT was initiated after two execution-style cops were gunned down at Taylor’s Halt, just outside Pietermaritzburg, at the weekend. On Saturday night, when they were ambushed, the soldiers, Sergeant Makhosaze Mdlangathi and Sergeant Mfikelwa Mtolo, were said to be driving to Mtolo’s homestead.
At the time, the officers were off duty and presumed to be in a relationship. At least 30 pistol and rifle rounds were found at the scene and several gunshot wounds were received by the police. Their weapons were not on the scene and the reason for the assassinations has yet to be identified. Sergeant Mdlangathi was stationed at the police station in Plessislaer, and Sergeant Mtolo was stationed at the police station in Richmond.
Kwazi Mshengu, MEC acting for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, has called on the police to leave no stone unturned in tracking down those responsible for condemning the murders. “The threat to the lives of members of the police will not be tolerated and we urge the police to defend themselves if they are under any attack by all the means necessary,” he said. To their families, Mshengu expressed his heartfelt condolences. He also said he was sure that the police would intensify the investigation into the killings. Police appeal to anyone with details on the suspects’ whereabouts to contact them on the MySAPS App or on the 08600 10111 SAPS Crime Stop phone.