DURBAN – The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal condemned the horrific murder of two of its police officers on Monday. The two officers, a man and a woman, were shot dead on Saturday night in the Taylor’s Halt area in Pietermaritzburg. mColonel Thembeka Mbele, the KZN police spokesperson, said that Sergeant Makhosaze Mdlangathi, 33, and Sergeant Mfikelwa Mtolo, 36, were ambushed and gunmen killed.
A romantic relationship involved the two policemen. According to sources, when they were ambushed, the pair were off duty and heading to Mtolo’s home. Several injuries were sustained, with police reports suggesting that there were about 30 pistol and rifle cartridges recovered at the scene. Without their service guns, the two officers were identified. Mdlangathi was stationed at the police station in Plessislaer in Pietermaritzburg, and Mtolo was stationed at the police station in Richmond.
KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison After the double murder, Kwazi Mshengu expressed his dismay, assigning police in the province to book the shooters. Mshengu informed Mdlangathi that the murder of Mtolo occurred just days after another officer was shot dead. Mshengu said that while defending a survivor of gender-based violence (GBV), the officer died, adding that “the police are still targeted.”
The police are there to protect, deter, combat and investigate crime, as prescribed in the Constitution. An assault on the police is also a direct attack on the state and this has significant implications for the deployment of law enforcement because the state spends a lot of money in police training and education. The threat to the lives of members of the police will not be tolerated, and if they are under any attack, we urge the police to defend themselves by all means necessary,” Mshengu said.