Slain cops’ families bewail loss

The families of the two police officers slain in different circumstances, have come out strongly to lambast the perpetrators, describing their actions as “hurtful” and having “robbed our families of breadwinners and a leader.

Constable Siyamcela Ncipa,37, from Site B, was gunned down outside a friend’s house on a Staurday a fortnight ago, whilst the charred body of Constable Arthur Mantu,33, also from Site B was found inside his car on 10 August.

Ncipa was stationed at Mowbray Police Station and Mantu was stationed at the Khayelitsha Police Station.

Addressing a memorial service held in memory of the two officers at the New Apostolic Church in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain last Thursday, Phikile Mantu, an uncle, said the killers have robbed the family of a “breadwinner and leader”.

He described Arthur as a humble, God fearing person.

Mantu said he couldn’t believe it when he first heard of the news of his nephew’s demise.

“I’m hurt that in these days police officers are killed like animals. All these things are happening in our communities, in front of the people and we urge people to come forward with the information,” he said.

Phikile also sent an appeal to the government to educate people around issues of human rights.

“We must stop using our rights wrong and kill other people.

During apartheid regime, did we ever see white people killing each other, why us as black people are killing each other?” he asked.

Police minister Bheki Cele, National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole and provincial police Commissioner Luietenant General Khombinkosi Jula attended the event. See Page 4.