11 FEBRUARY 2019
STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH
City offers reward following N2 shooting
The City of Cape Town is offering a reward of R50 000 for any information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a shooting incident on the N2 this morning that left two Metro Police officers and a motorist wounded.
Information at hand indicates that the Metro Police officers were dispatched to the N2 inbound near Borcherd’s Quarry just after 02:00 after camera operators detected rocks on the roadway.
Officers responded, but in the meantime, a motorist drove over the rocks and stopped on the side of the road to attend to a burst tyre. While doing so, another vehicle pulled over and one of the occupants shot the motorist.
When the Metro Police duo arrived on scene and enquired about what had happened, the suspects opened fire on them too.
The female officer was wounded in the left leg and her colleague was shot in the upper right leg and left side of his groin. Both officers are 44-years-old.
The shooter fled with a firearm belonging to one of the officers, a radio as well as some personal effects.
The officers are in hospital and we wish them well on the road to recovery. The City will provide trauma counselling and any other support they may require, through our Employee Assistance Programme.
At this stage, we are not certain about the condition of the motorist who was shot, but our thoughts are with him and his family.
The City of Cape Town condemns this callous attack and we will work very closely with the South African Police Service to ensure that those responsible are brought to book.
The Executive Mayor has agreed to a R50 000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the attackers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the South African Police Service or the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.