Attackers kill cop and rob two more

Mthetho Ndoni

Mthetho Ndoni

Last week an off-duty police officer was killed in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, by attackers who hijacked three cars and robbed a number of police officers.

Traumatised police have launched a massive manhunt for the three killers.

Nkosinathi Ndolomane, 32, a trainee constable, was shot dead in a hail of bullets in one of the attacks in Dlepu Street at about 10pm on Wednesday.

The attackers robbed his woman colleague of her pistol. She survived the attack by pretending to be dead.

It is believed the attackers might be stockpiling police equipment to use in future cash-in- transit heists.

Superintendent Johann Greunen, a police spokesman, said the group started the evening by hijacking a white BMW in Motherwell after 5pm.

He said they robbed two Kwazakhele police officers of their bullet-proof vests and a police radio.

The gang later abandoned the white BMW on Soweto-On-Sea and hijacked a maroon BMW that was used in Ndolomane's killing.

They crashed the BMW into a boundary wall about 500m from the crime scene.

The back seat of the car was blood-spattered, leading police to believe a shot had gone off on impact, wounding one of the attackers.

Soon afterwards, wearing the bullet-proof vests stolen in Kwazakhele earlier, the gang hijacked a silver VW Golf and drove to Motherwell, where they abandoned the car outside Kamvelihle police station.

"Ndolomane was giving two woman colleagues a lift and had stopped outside one of the women's houses when the killers pulled up," Greunen said.

He said: "Police are traumatised and police social workers and chaplains will be available for trauma counseling."

No arrests have been made.