Two Cape Town cops killed in one night, firearms taken

Police are searching for suspects behind the murder of two off-duty police constables who were shot and killed in separate incidents in Delft and Khayelitsha, Western Cape police said on Saturday.

“The perpetrators of these two heinous incidents will be hunted down,” said provincial police in a statement.

“Detectives from the Hawks have taken over the investigations.”

In the first incident, an off-duty police constable was shot and killed in Delft on Friday at 20:00 as he was picking up someone known to him. His firearm was taken.

Constable Lonwabo Kili, 30, had been stationed at the Bellville South police station.

In the second incident, another off-duty police constable was shot twice in the head outside the residence of a friend in Site B, Khayelitsha, police confirmed.

Constable Siyamcela Ncipa,37, worked at Mowbray SAPS.

His firearm was stolen during the incident.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula expressed shock at the murders and also extended his condolences to the family.

“It is disturbing to observe that criminals have no regard for human life. Not even police officers are spared as they also fall prey to these attacks,” Jula said, adding police would “work around the clock to get [the] perpetrators”.

Anyone with information on the murders is urged to contact police.