Press Statement — 29 Jul 2021

The Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) in the North West Province has astonishingly learned of the killing of two police officers, while undertaking their constitutional mandate of serving the people of the North West. 

It is reported that the brutal killing of Constable Ntsekeletsa and Sergeant Molete, who were both stationed at Mareetsane Police Station, took place on Monday, 26 July 2021 while they were on duty, doing random patrols when they came across a vehicle loaded with suspected stolen goats.

After reporting the matter to their Commander, they reported that they were not far from the police station. However, they never arrived at the police station and they could not be reached on both their cell phones and the police radio. 

On 27 July 2021 the police were alerted by community members of blood stains on the road leading to the police station.  When the scene was visited, a knife and a police badge belonging to one of the deceased was found and a second badge was found near Mareetsane road. Further investigations led the team to a burnt state vehicle wherein the bodies of the deceased police officers were discovered.

The killing of police officers has become a norm, with 24 police officers having been killed within the first three months of 2021.

These latest killings should impress on communities and our policing structures to work together, remain vigilant and report any acts of crime that places our communities at risk. This is a potential threat to the country’s peace and stability. 

We thank the speedy response by members of the Hawks who made swift arrests and recovered the stolen firearms. 

Issued by POPCRU North West on 29/07/2021

For more information contact the Provincial Secretary Mosadiwamajwe Mokokong (082 783 7280)

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