- Two 'criminal' police officers have died following a shootout with fellow SAPS members
- The incident had reportedly taken place after a robbery at the Dalton Post Office, which the deceased cops are suspected to have been involved in
- General Khehla Sitole has expressed his disappointment over the incident, adamant that investigations will be thorough
A male sergeant and a female constable have died following a shootout with other South African Police Service officers.
In a statement released on the incident, the police have confirmed that the pair are suspected to have been involved in a heist at the Dalton Post Office:
"At about 2:30am this morning the team was on a road between Greytown and Dalton when they spotted a police patrol vehicle approaching them in the vicinity of Seven Oaks area. The team tried to flag down the police patrol vehicle, but instead of stopping, the sergeant from the patrol vehicle allegedly opened fire on the team, which had to return fire."
Briefly.co.za gathered that after the shootout, ink-stained cash, an angle grinder, a jackhammer and other evidence had been found reportedly linking the deceased cops to the robbery which had taken place on Tuesday night.
National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole expressed his disappointment in the alleged crimes committed by the police officials:
"The involvement of police officers in criminal activities will never be tolerated,” said General Sitole. "I have instructed the Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu Natal to ensure that this matter be thoroughly investigated and all persons involved, including police officers, must be brought to book."
Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo appealed to members of the public to come forward with any information on crime.
Meanwhile, a former top Criminal Intelligence agent accused Police Minister Bheki Cele of accepting a R40 000 bribe during his time as police commissioner.
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