Police condemn attack and robbery of Mqanduli cop

JULY 31, 2015

Eastern Cape police on Thursday condemned the recent attack and robbery of an on-duty Mqanduli SAPS member. The incident took place on Wednesday evening along the Mqanduli Main Street.

Warrant Officer Monwabisi Ndibongo (54) was on duty doing foot patrol when a grey Isuzu bakkie, without a registration number, stopped next to him. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, got out and grabbed W/O Ndibongo’s 9mm service pistol from behind. 

A brief scuffle ensued during which the suspect got the upper hand over the member and shot him with his own firearm in the upper back. The suspect made a getaway with the state firearm.

The police member was admitted to an Mthatha Hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition; Ndibongo was wearing his bullet proof vest which aided greatly in minimising his injuries.

A case of attempted murder and robbery was opened at Mqanduli SAPS and members are following all possible leads; an arrest is imperative.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Celiwe Binta condemned the attack on the member and requested any person who can assist with the investigation to please come forward. She further urged SAPS members to be vigilant at all times.