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31 Jul 2015
10:54 am

Two people to appear in court for killing Hawks officer


Two men are expected to appear in a Somerset West court on Friday, in connection with the murder of a Directorate For Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) officer in Cape Town.

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Spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the 23-year-old and 24-year-old men were taken in for questioning on Wednesday in connection with the death of 50-year-old Warrant officer Petrus Johannes Holz. “Both will be facing charges of murder and theft and are scheduled to appear in the Somerset West Court on Friday,” said Mulaudzi.

“Holz who was attached to Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit, was driving to work when his car apparently hit man-made debris on the Cape Town’s N2 highway. Stopping to inspect the vehicle, he was allegedly then attacked and stabbed by two suspects and later succumbed due to his injuries.”

Preliminary investigations indicated that Holz was stabbed with a blunt object and some of personal items were stolen, Mulaudzi said. Acting Hawks head Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza assembled a task team on Wednesday after Holz was robbed and killed.

“The arrest is an assurance to the general public that we were committed to solve this case. I would like to thank the team and Macassar detectives for bringing closure to the Holz family and the deceased colleagues,” said Ntlemeza.

“We believe we have a strong case against the accused and we will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring such brutality does not happen again.” Holz is one of three law enforcement officers killed this week. On Thursday morning, a Gauteng police officer and a suspected business robber were shot and killed in Themba, outside Pretoria.

The police constable was shot and wounded when he attended to a complaint of a business robbery at around 2.30am, he was taken to hospital but later died from the gunshot wounds, the SA Police Service said on social media website Twitter.

“Police responded to the incident & fatally wounded 1 suspect. A suspect in possession of a firearm fled & is still at large. More details will follow,” the police posted on social media. On Monday, a Johannesburg metro police officer was shot and killed during an armed robbery a mall in Rosettenville, Gauteng.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said on Tuesday that the 60-year-old officer was shot dead just before 3pm when he walked into a robbery at Central Mall.

He said the officer was going into a Pick n Pay when he saw suspects robbing security guards of a cash box. “He started wrestling with one of the suspects and then he got shot by another suspect who came out from behind a pillar. When he fell he was shot again twice in the upper body. He sadly died on the scene,” said Minnaar.

He said the suspects fled with the cash box but red dye came from the box as it exploded and he said the money they fled with would be covered in red dye.