Stellenbosch cop dies in pursuit of farm robbers

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The SAPS in Stellenbosch has, with regret, announced that one of its Constables has died after trying to pursue armed farm robbers.

According to police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk, the 31-year-old was called to an active house robbery on a farm in Stellenbosch.

How the Stellenbosch cop died in the line of duty

He reacted promptly and together with Cluster Detectives and Stellenbosch’s Crime Prevention Unit, they spotted the suspects in the vicinity of the house that was robbed.

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“Members from Stellenbosch Crime Prevention Unit pursued a suspect, and during a shooting incident police officer was fatally wounded,” Captain Van Wyk revealed.

Captain Van Wyk confirmed that the suspects entered the farm near Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch, at approximately 20:00 on Wednesday evening and made it off with an undisclosed number of items.

SAPS fails to arrest farm robbers

Unfortunately, the police units’ attempts to capture them were foiled when they managed to gain distance and successfully escape.

“The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen KE Jula has conveyed his sincere condolences to the family and colleagues for the loss of the member,” Captain Van Wyk added.

The police have not confirmed whether the sought suspects have been charged with the murder of the Stellenbosch police officer.

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Cop deaths this week…

The 31-year-old becomes the third police officer to die in the line of duty. In Durban, two metro police officers were killed while guarding an ANC councillor.

The two officers were seated in their van, outside of the home of an ANC councillor in Bhambhayi, north of Durban, when suspects opened fire and murdered the officers in cold blood.

“The policeman was found dead inside the police van. The female officer was found dead outside the van near the driver’s door. Police are not ruling out robbery as the motive,” police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad told IOL News.

Anyone with any information about this fatal incident is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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