Mabopane, Tshwane residents pursued and captured a man they believe was responsible for the home invasion and murder of an off-duty police officer.
In the early hours of Sunday, the suspect was one of three people who tried to rob Sergeant Tumelo Losaba’s family.
The community turned up the culprit to the authorities, and he is now facing murder charges.
Lt. Gen. Tebello Mosikili, acting commissioner of the National Police, issued a strong condemnation of the incident and promised that all available resources would be used to track down and apprehend the remaining suspect.
To paraphrase: “We have exhausted all of our options.” Mosikili added, “The safety and security of our members on and off duty remains a priority for the SAPS, and management continues to review its policies and strategies in place to enhance police safety.” The SAPS would also like to thank the community of Mabopane for being involved in the fight against crime.
Losaba was a member of the Rapid Rail Police Unit stationed along the Mabopane Corridor when he was killed.
The military’s Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) team has sent over psychologists and chaplains to help the family deal with the emotional fallout of their loved one’s illness.
Mosikili has urged residents to get involved in their areas’ police forums in order to help the police crack down on crime.
The public is also reminded that any South African person can perform a citizen’s arrest at any time.
To make a citizen’s arrest, the crime must have taken place in your presence, or you must have a strong suspicion that the suspect is guilty. The purpose of a citizen’s arrest must be to turn over a criminal to law enforcement.
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