‘We will never stop hunting you’; Leap officer’s ‘killers’ caught

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The suspected killers of a Leap officer from Cape Town who was shot dead in an apparent assassination attack last year are behind bars.

25-year-old Siphelo Magwa was attached to the Leap unit in Mitchells Plain. He was not on duty, and was sitting in a car with two other people in Crossroads when three men approached the vehicle and fired several shots.

All three men were shot dead.

“I promised Magwa’s family and his colleagues that we will do everything possible to bring his killers to justice. An attack on one is an attack on all,” says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety at the Cape Town metro.

When an attack is aimed directly at law enforcement officers, there is no escaping the threat of violence, he says.

“We cannot back down or cower from the threat of violence.

“I promised that we would leave no stone unturned.”

The metro council worked closely with the police in the subsequent investigation and several suspects were identified. Two of them are behind bars, a third was shot dead while resisting arrest, and two more suspects were wanted.

They are now stuck too.

Khangelani “KG” Mbobo and Lindikhaya “Whitey” Mbeki were arrested on Friday and will appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday on various charges related to the murder of Magwa.

“I have great appreciation for the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. Nothing can bring Magwa back, but it must send a strong message to those who threaten them ‘holding the line’.

“We are not going to rest or give up until we have hunted you down.

“To officer Magwa: rest in peace. ‘To Valhalla’.”