CAPE TOWN - Hours after Police Minister Bheki Cele launched the Western Cape Safer Festive Season, robbers brazenly attacked a Sir Lowry’s Pass satellite police station, disarming officers before fleeing with two 9mm service pistols, three cellphones and a laptop computer.
The probe has since been referred to the Hawks, who have launched a manhunt for the three suspects behind the incident.
“At around 9pm the armed suspects approached two members who were on duty in the community service centre and held them at gunpoint. They disarmed the police members and fled with two 9mm service pistols, three cellphones and a laptop computer. The members were fortunately not injured during the incident,” said police spokesperson Andrè Traut.
The incident happened hours after Cele led the launch of the Provincial Safer Festive Season and Country in Blue in Khayelitsha on Saturday with much fanfare.
A total of 155 new vehicles were handed over to the 16 clusters. A mobile police station for Makhaza policing precinct was unveiled at the event.
The integrated law enforcement agencies comprising the various SAPS units, the City’s law enforcement unit, Metro Police and Traffic Services showcased their respective competencies.
Pledges of support came from the Youth Council, Junior Provincial Commissioners and the Youth Crime Prevention Committee.
Anyone with information about the attack can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211.