12 December 2017 Read: 1103
One police sergeant is recovering in Mediclinic Tzaneen from a gunshot wound to the back following a shooting incident in Fresia Street, Tzaneen, this morning. Sergeant Maswanganyi accompanied his partner, Sergeant Makwala, to his home at 01:00 to collect a cellphone charger. The two officers were on-duty at the time and Maswanganyi waited outside the home while his partner ran in to collect the charger.
While inside the house, Makwala heard a gunshot and when he looked through the window, saw his partner laying on the ground and four assailants fleeing the scene on foot. They had taken with them, the keys to their Police vehicle, a VW Amarok with license plate BSZ782B. The assailants also took Sergeant Maswanganyi’s police service pistol.
According to Makwala the four African males were wearing SAPS bulletproof vests. Half an hour later the same group of suspects broke into the home of Owen Mapurazi who lives in Pusela Street, in Medipark.
The gang held the family at gunpoint while they ransacked their home before driving off in their white Nissan Sentra with Zimbabwean number plates ADV6067, and the family’s cellphones.
At the time of going to print the wounded police officer was in stable condition. A “manhunt” has now been launhed to apprehend the suspects.There does not appear to be any clear motive for the senseless shooting at this stage.