Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
One of two men wanted by North West police for murdering an elderly couple was cornered, shot and wounded.
This comes barely a day after Phenye Vilakazi, provincial Community Safety and Transport MEC, told police to shoot him and his alleged accomplice on sight.
On Sunday, Phillip Moremi, 29, and Andrew Modikela, 41, escaped from the Ottoshoop holding cells during power cuts. They were arrested for shooting Katrena Deysel, 56, and slitting the throat of her husband All, 60, at Buhrmansdrift near Zeerust.
On Wednesday, Vilakazi said in radio interviews that police should "shoot them on sight".
Yesterday the department said Moremi had been cornered at his hideout.
"He shot at the police who returned fire and shot him in the thigh and arm."
Modikela is still at large.
Police said the men murdered the Deysels after escaping from police custody where they were being held for a series of crimes, including the murder of an elderly Ottoshoop woman.
"Police did exactly as instructed. If they are under attack they must defend themselves. Anyone who thinks police should not fire at criminals must think again," said Vilakazi.