Tshwane metro police department officers during the annual wreath-laying ceremony and prayer day for their colleagues who had died in the line of duty. Picture: African News Agency Archives

Pretoria - Tshwane metro police officers do not have death targets on their backs, said Member of Mayoral Committee Derrick Kissoonduth on Monday.

Kissoonduth told the Pretoria News that the public ought to know that recent deaths of three metro police officers were nothing like what transpired in Ngcobo, Eastern Cape, were police officers were murdered.

There were no reasons for the deaths of the officers to be attributed to the roles they played as Tshwane metro police officers, MMC explained.

“The first officer died after he walked into an armed robbery and was a victim of a crossfire. The third officers, wearing civilian clothes, was found with stab wounds after he had been walking in the streets around 3:50am. You can see it was a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. What happened to the officers could have happened to any other person,”

The MMC explained that the second officer was found death at his home and it was possible his death could have been suicide and not the doing of another person.

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“The death of the officers is a loss to the city, the metro police and their families and friends. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to their families,”

Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) Spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said the department was shocked by the latest death of Constable Ipeleng Llale, 27, who was found dead with stab wounds in the early hours of Sunday morning when he was off-duty.

He said: “The 27-year-old constable was permanently appointed as a Tshwane Metro Police Officer in December 2015. At the time of his passing, constable Llale was a member of the TMPD Special Operations Unit, where he was serving the Department and the community at large. Details surrounding his death were still unknown,”

The two other officers were laid to rest in the past two weeks since their deaths.

Mahamba made it clear that the metro police were determined to work hard to find the criminals who had a hand in the deaths of the officers.

The Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department expressed sincere condolences to Constable Llale’s family, friends and colleagues.

The department said members of the public who might have information about these incidents ought to come forward and report it to their nearest police stations or the TMPD on 012 358 7095/6 or 012 358 2124.

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