Provincial Commissioner orders manhunt for cop-killers

06 March 2021 | From Arrive Alive

The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has ordered for a manhunt following a heartbreaking incident in which a 43-year-old police Sergeant was shot and killed in the evening of yesterday, Friday 05 March 2021, at Gamotibidi Trust in Bushbuckridge.

Reports indicate that last night, Sergeant Dominic Monana, who was off-duty at the time, was traveling in his vehicle with a lady friend. The two were then accosted by about four armed suspects who were driving alongside and disguised as if they needed to make a conversation with him. As he opened the window of his car, the suspects pointed firearms at him, demanded his firearm and cellphones. These ruthless assailants are said to have then fired several shots at Sergeant Monana. They then pulled him and his friend out of the car, took his state firearm and two cell phones, before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. 

Police as well as medical personnel were notified about the incident where Sergeant Monana was unfortunately certified dead. The member's friend was unharmed during the ordeal.  A case of murder with an additional charge of car hijacking was opened and police immediately mobilised all the necessary resources to attend to the crime scene where a 72-Hour Activation Plan was implemented to track the suspects, hence the manhunt. The hijacked vehicle was later recovered at Violet Bank near Bushbuckridge. 

Sergeant Monana was stationed at Calcutta Police Station before he met his untimely death. General Zuma conveys his condolences to the family and further indicated that they will be given the necessary support by the management. "I am confident that the prompt implementation of the 72-Hour Activation Plan which includes experts from various environments’ in the police will surely yield positive results and ensure that the suspects are put behind bars.” said General Zuma. 

Police appeal to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the suspects to contact Detective Warrant Officer Mduduzi Aubrey Motubatsi at 072 320 3194, or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All information received will be treated as confidential. 

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