Another police officer dies after attack in ECape

DECEMBER 31, 2014

The South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape is mourning the killing of yet another police official. 
 
Sgt Solomzi Zono, who has been working at Qumbu police station, died in a Mthatha hospital after he was shot and killed while trying to stop a robbery in progress at Qumbu on Sunday. 
 
It is reported that Zono was en-route to report for duty during the afternoon on Christmas Day when he decided to enter a shop in Main Street in Qumbu. A robbery was in progress at the shop and he was shot in the upper body during the incident. He later succumbed to his wounds at a hospital in Mthatha. 
 
Two suspects, aged 23 and 24, were arrested three days after the incident. Eastern Cape police commissioner Lt-Gen Celiwe Binta has condemned Zono’s killing. 
 
“Although every police official knows that their duties contain a great element of danger, the calling to protect and to serve is so great that the danger seems insignificant. It is not okay to rob a community of their protector. It can never be okay to gun down a man or woman in blue or any other person and we request communities to work with us in sharing information about crime and the whereabouts of criminals,” Binta said.
 
“Our hearts go out to his (Zono) loved ones and close colleagues during this difficult time.” 
 
The suspects were expected to appear in the Qumbu Magistrate’s Court this week on charges of murder, attempted murder and business robbery.
 
Zono joined the SAPS in 1993 and was attached to Qumbu’s Crime Prevention Unit. 
 
Last week, Const Vuyisile Ndeyo at KwaZakhele township outside Port Elizabeth died after two men fired random shots at him. 
 
No arrests have been made.