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A Soweto police constable has appeared in the Orlando Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted murder while his colleague – who he allegedly shot – is fighting for his life in hospital.

The constable, who is stationed at the Diepkloof police station, was granted R3 000 bail and the case was postponed to January 10. It is alleged the constable handed himself over at the Orlando police station on Sunday after he allegedly shot his colleague during an argument.

According to Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesman Moses Dlamini, the two officers were at a braai with two other people when the fight began.

“One of the police officers was attacked by his police friend and two civilians. He then went inside the house and got his firearm. He went outside to seek medical attention but was attacked,” he said.

Meanwhile, North West police said they were concerned about the rising number of police officers who killed their loved ones and themselves.

In the latest incident, a 33-year-old constable allegedly shot and killed his 32-year-old girlfriend before turning the gun on himself yesterday in Geelhout Park, Rustenburg.

Another officer shot his girlfriend and then killed himself in Modimong village, outside Taung, on Christmas Day.

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The Star