Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cop dies in hail of AK47 bullets

There was a time in South Africa's history that killing a cop meant the death penalty - but now that we have the most liberal, criminal-friendly constitution in the world, the lives of policemen are worthless. Another good man, a father, a breadwinner, gone. Tomorrow it will be forgotten and he will just be a statistic, added to the Roll Of Honour.

'He did not want to go to work that day' - IOL
Since 1994, more than 2000 police members have been killed.
See the SAPS Roll of Honour.
Remember, The Jeppestown Massacre: June 2006 - Four police officers killed for R35 000 (US$3200).
Just recently, Oct 21, 2008: Another Good Cop Killed

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Johannesburg - On Wednesday a group of men chased down a police van in which their arrested comrade was being transported, shot the police officer and freed their mate.

Inspector Andries van Tonder, 42, father of two children, was shot six times, including in the head.

"I'm very sad and very angry," said his wife, Yvonne. She was highly emotional on Wednesday and was being supported by family and friends. "It's especially difficult for Anrika, nine, and Eugene, 12."

Police spokesperson Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini, said Van Tonder and another policeman arrested a suspect on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Fifth Street in Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg.

"They searched him and found an AK-47 assault rifle on him.

"He was arrested and taken to the Jeppe Street charge office." En route to the police station a green Audi started pursuing the police vehicle. The occupants of the Audi opened fire on the police on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Fourth Street.

About 50m down the road Van Tonder lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on the pavement.

Collapsed on the scene
The three men freed their mate in the police vehicle and fled the scene.

An eyewitness who didn't want to be identified, said she ran outside when she heard the gunfire.

"The deceased still opened the car door, but then he just collapsed.

"An innocent life was taken for nothing."

Van Tonder said her husband was a loving partner and a good father to their children.

"He worked in the police for 17 years. His colleagues often said he was too much of a perfectionist in his work."

The other policeman was not injured. An extensive search for the four suspects has been launched.

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Forgive me for asking a possibly naive question, especially in light of such a tragedy for policeman's family, but aren't SA police officers trained to shoot back? Did not the assistant minister for safety and security say some time back that cops should shoot to kill if criminals fire on them? Do SAPS and metro cops have the firepower they need to fight back against AK-47 armed tsotsis?

Anonymous said...

@ G-man..

It is a legit question. The average cop carries a 9mm and that's all, certainly no match for one AK47 much less 4 gunmen with AK47s. He may have extra weaponry in his car boot but highly unlikely.

The dep minister (bless her cotton socks) did say 'shoot to kill' but she was shouted down by liberals.

The crux of the matter is that criminals in SA have no fear, no deterrent, and know they have a 99% chance of getting away with murder literally.

SA cops run the gambit of dying every single day. It is a tragedy.

Bullshit detector said...

The cops are outnumbered and out-weaponed.

Kiling a cop is treason, and should be treated as such.

See my comment on this at http://sadiablog.blogspot.com/2008/10/introduce-death-penalty-for-cop-killers.html

Anyone for a petition? Armed with bread-knives march?