I condemn in the strongest possible terms the shameless attacks in which two off-duty policemen lost their lives, in separate attacks in Delft and Site B Khayelitsha respectively.
My sincere condolences go to the family of agents Lonwabo Kili and Siyamcela Ncipa, their friends and colleagues for their loss.
Attacks on the police in the province can not be tolerated. The murder of police officers, seemingly for no other reason than to obtain their firearms, are disgusting crimes and do not belong in our society.
For this reason, I remind residents in our communities that the R100 000 reward from the Security Department still stands for anyone with information that will result in the arrest and successful condemnation of police officers in the Western Cape.
I trust that the full police investigation will expose those responsible for the planning and execution of these murders and that all those involved will endure their day in court.
The government of Western Cape condemns the killings. Although we do not have operational control over SAPS, our government is committed to supporting the hard-working officers who risk their lives every day to protect others.
This reward should be a strong warning to anyone who wants to harm the brave men and women who serve our communities – there are now additional 100,000 reasons why you can not get away with it.
Although no reward will bring the fallen officers back to their loved ones, I sincerely hope that everyone with credible information about the incidents will do the right thing and will help the police and law enforcement agencies.
It is important to remember that police assaults, regardless of what is not related, remain the malicious acts of individuals who do not represent the sentiment of the wider community.
Only a few people in our society are responsible for these crimes. However, those responsible for the crimes are someone's child, someone's brother or sister or someone's neighbor – these are the people who have to stop their silence and assist the police.
Published by: Western Cape Community Safety