Two police constables stationed at a Community Service Centre in Koffiefontein in the Free State were found shot dead on Thursday morning.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said the bodies of two constables, both aged 32, were found with bullet wounds after they were on duty at the centre.
“The first one, Constable Obert Boitumelo Mekoa, sustained a bullet wound in the head, and the other one, Constable Mzonani David Manjo, sustained two bullet wounds, one in the head and another one at the back.”
Makhele said the bodies were discovered by their colleagues when they came back from a patrol.
“It appears like they were shot by someone or people who might have attacked them in the Community Service Centre. One service pistol believed to belong to one of the deceased members is also missing,” Makhele said.
“A case with two counts of murder and armed rdobbery was registered for further investigation.”
Police appealed to anyone who might have information regarding the incident to come forward.
Acting provincial commissioner Major-General Moeketsi Sempe said: “We would like to send our condolences to the families of these two members, it is always sad to lose members in this manner.
“I have already established a team of detectives under the leadership of the deputy provincial commissioner of detectives, they will work around the clock, and won’t rest until they detect the perpetrators of this ruthless act.
“This is one of the saddest days for the police in the Free State, and I would like to send our condolences as the organisation to both Mekoa and Manjo’s families,” said Tsumane.
“After establishing a joint team to be led by the Hawks, I have approved a reward of up to R300,000 for any information which might assist our investigations. And I condemn in strongest term this barbaric killing of our members.”
Police appealed to anyone who might have information regarding the incident to come forward and to contact the Head of the Investigating team, Captain Laux at 082 854 7530, Crime Stop number 08600 10111, or report at the nearest police station.