November 12 2017 – A JMPD officer has been hospitalised after he and a colleague were attacked and disarmed by churchgoers hooking up an illegally parked car which belongs to a member of a church on Claim Street, Hillbrow as it was causing traffic congestion.
“It is believed that the JMPD officer drew his firearm and fired into the air to stop the rioting congregants from advancing toward them, but the crowd did not heed the warning and went on to attack the officer.
“The mob overpowered and disarmed the officer, who was beaten and left unconscious and had to be rushed to Milpark Hospital,” says the department.
“The assailants went to hand in the firearm at Johannesburg Central police station. Upon arrival at the station, one member of the congregation was detained by the SAPS [South African Police Service] for illegally being in possession of a JMPD firearm,” it said.
Mayoral committee member for public safety Michael Sun also strongly condemned the mob attack on the metro police when officers were doing their job and enforcing the city’s by-laws.
Meanwhile in Pretoria – Three on-duty City of Tshwane metro police officers have been robbed of their service pistols by two unknown assailants, spokesman Isaac Mahamba said on Sunday evening.
“The officers were deployed at Mabopane revenue service [north of Pretoria] doing static crime prevention. It is alleged that two unknown males who appeared to be between the ages of 25 to 30 cut through a fence to gain access to the building,” said Mahamba.
“They attacked the officers, pointed firearms at them, and took their service pistols. They fled the scene using a maroon [Toyota] Avanza with an unknown number plate. The officers were not injured during the incident,” he said.
The Tshwane Metro Police Department [TMPD] later on Sunday appealed for help in tracking down the suspects.
“We appeal to members of the public who might have any information to assist by contacting TMPD at 012-358-7095/6 or report at the nearest police station,” said Mahamba. -ANA