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Johannesburg - Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros on Sunday called for calm following the killing of an East Rand metro police officer.
“Communities are reminded to use the government and community structures if there are concerns and not to take the law in their own hands or resort to violence,” said Petros.
The official was allegedly assaulted by a businessman in Daveyton.
The suspect, a businessman in his mid-thirties, allegedly hit the officer with his fist when metro police arrived to tow his caravan, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said.
The man was allegedly operating his food stall in an area were he was not supposed to.
“The metro police officers were following on the letter of notice issued to the owner on March 13, to stop plying his trade at the spot called 'Esihlahleni' at the entrance of Daveyton from the N12 East,” Kgasago said.
“When the officers tried to arrest the owner of the caravan, he lashed out with a fist on one of the officers, who fell and landed with the back of his head on the ground.”
The officer died at the scene after colleagues and paramedics tried to resuscitate him.
The man was arrested for assault and resisting arrest.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said a case of murder was being investigated. - Sapa