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Off-Duty JMPD Police Woman Killed During Dispute with SAPS Officers



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In a sad event that happened in Soweto on Saturday night, South African Police Service officers shot and killed a Joburg Metro Police woman who was not on duty following a dispute about her son, who was driving recklessly. According to IOL, the argument ensued when Mthimkhulu’s 27-year-old child, who had been driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, ignored signals from SAPS officers to stop the vehicle and instead came to a halt in their Dobsonville house. The son was in an altercation with the police, who came to apprehend him. As a result, Mothimkhulu, a policewoman with 17 years of service, fired at the officers from her house. Mthimkhulu was fatally wounded by SAPS officers who retaliated with gunshots, and now her case is under Ipid investigation.

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The spokesperson of Gauteng police, Mr Mavela Masondo, confirmed the incident, adding that three people were arrested, including Mthimkhulu’s 75-year-old mother, her son, and their neighbour. The mother was charged with assault and obstruction of justice, the son with reckless driving and failure to follow police instructions, and the friend with hindering police officers. Police Minister Bheki Cele, during a press briefing, however, mirrored his statement and accentuated no police officer should die while armed, referring to the value of law enforcement safety.

Ipid’s spokesperson, Phaladi Shuping, revealed that they were investigating the issue and shared the series of events that led to Mthimkhulu’s demise. According to the JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla’s condolences for Mthimkhulu’s death, she is an off-duty worker who was involved in the fight. While at the same time, Cele spoke of the threats that police officers suffered. He informed the public that during the previous 11 months, 109 officers were killed. Specifically, 36 officers were slain while performing their duties. He advocated for officers to continually be alert and tough on crime, reminding them to give those trying to combat criminal elements support.

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