A Cape Town traffic officer has been shot dead in Kensington on Tuesday morning, allegedly after he pulled over a taxi and was attacked by the driver.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut, the officer had arrested a taxi driver over a traffic infringement on the corners of 5th Avenue and Voortrekker Road, but was attacked by the man who reportedly shot him with his own service pistol.
Taxis to be stopped and searched
He was declared dead on the scene, and police are now searching for the taxi driver who allegedly took the city official’s life.
“The City of Cape Town is shocked, saddened and angered by the senseless murder of a traffic officer in Kensington this morning,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, Alderman JP Smith.
He said that he will now put in place stringent measures to stop and search taxis and ensure that the perpetrator is brought to justice.
“Taxi enforcement takes place around the clock and we will intensify these operations.”
“I have asked the Safety and Security Investigations Unit to assist the South African Police Service where possible to ensure that we find the killer. In addition, all our enforcement agencies – Traffic Service, Law Enforcement, Metro Police and specialised units – are working on an operation to clamp down on taxis to ensure the perpetrator is brought to book. This will be rolled out city-wide.”
No arrests have yet been made, but the Law Enforcement and police are doing their utmost to catch the killer.
Smith announced that Executive Mayor Dan Plato has authorised a R50 000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer, as well as R5 000 being offered by the Safety and Security Directorate for information that will lead to his arrest.
Taxi drivers have already been in the headlines this week after it was announced that they would be held responsible for maintaining hygienic vehicles in light of the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa. The will be subjected to random stops and screenings to ensure that they are providing safe transport for their passengers.
“On behalf of the City, I want to convey my deepest condolences to the family of the officer. We will assist them in any way possible through this very difficult time,” said Smith.
This is a developing story