Durban - A female police officer has been killed in the line of duty in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.
Constable Zethu Cele, 29, and another officer were responding to a robbery on Bentley Road on Saturday night when the incident took place, Captain Thulani Zwane said.
“They were attacked and shot by unknown suspects who fled the scene after the incident,” he said.
Cele died at the scene. Her colleague was wounded and taken to hospital.
Zwane said a case of murder and attempted murder was opened at Durban central police station.
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni sent her condolences to the family.
“As we are celebrating women's month, it is sad to report the death of a policewoman who was dedicated to her work in the fight against crime,' she said.
“We appeal to the members of the community to work together with the police in the fight against crime and the killing of the police officers.”