A pair of Road Traffic Inspectorate  (RTIC) officers were shot and killed at the N2 onramp to Nkodibe, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening. The unknown attackers also allegedly made off with the traffic officers’ service firearms.

TRAFFIC OFFICERS KILLED IN KZN

The two traffic officers – Sithole, 48, and Lamula, 36 – were stationed at uMtubatuba RTI. They were attacked while on duty at approximately 18:30 on Monday, 30 August.

The unknown suspects ambushed the traffic officers while they were on-duty in their vehicle at the N2 onramp to Nkodibe and allegedly took their state service firearms. A nearby off-duty member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) heard gunshots, according to Arrive Alive, and reported the incident.

The traffic cops were found dead at the scene. KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, sent her condolences to the families of the deceased RTI officers. Nkonyeni said incidents such as this instils fear and demoralises hardworking employees and affects service delivery.

“The MEC has expressed deepest shock and anger on this incident. We believe that our officers have been a target. We call on them to protect themselves when facing dangerous criminals. We are going to be very hard on these criminals,” said department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane.

“We will make sure that they are brought to book urgently. Therefore we are calling on investigators to work around the clock to make sure that this matter is dealt with urgently. Our deepest condolence to the families. We ask anyone with information to share it with the police.”

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