DURBAN, kwaZulu-Natal - An off-duty kwaZulu-Natal policeman has been shot by a tracking company employee after being caught driving a stolen car and then pointing his police firearm at the employee.
COP SHOT: A Durban policeman was shot twice by a tracking company's employee after he pulled over the stolen car. which the cop was driving. Image: SAPA
The policeman was later arrested and "disappointed" provincial police commissioner General Mmamonnyane Ngobeni vowed: "We will ensure that detectives throw the book at him as soon as he is released from hospital.
"We will not tolerate police officers who are criminals themselves and you can be assured that disciplinary processes will be immediately initiated to get rid of him from the service."
The police's Colonel Jay Naicker said it all went down on Friday (Jan 16). A vehicle tracking company traced the apparently stolen car in Jacobs and followed it to Verulam, near Durban.
Naicker said: "They pulled the vehicle over and confronted the driver... which is when the policeman pointed his firearm at the tracking company employees - who opened fire on him."
The policeman was hit twice in the same shoulder and was taken to hospital under police guard.A date for his court appearance was yet to be scheduled but Ngobeni said: "We will ensure that detectives throw the book at him as soon as he is released from hospital.
Naicker added: "His state firearm has been seized as well as the Toyota Hilux LDV that he was driving. The 41-year-old officer will face charges of attempted murder, pointing a firearm and possession of stolen property."