Policeman shot dead, another hit by vehicle

TWO Port Elizabeth policemen died in separate incidents in Motherwell in the past three days.

Captain Bhekisisa Maphanga, 49, was killed when he was knocked down by a vehicle on Saturday, while Constable Lukholo Nyangani, 28, was found shot at his home yesterday.

Nyangani, of the Motherwell tactical response team, but who was off duty at the time, and a woman companion were shot dead at the policeman’s Motherwell home at about 8.20am yesterday.

Nyangani and the woman, who is not a SAPS member, both had several bullet wounds to their upper and lower bodies.

Details surrounding the motive are still unclear.

“We do not want to speculate about the cause of the shootings, but all avenues and possibilities are being investigated,” a police spokesman said yesterday.

In the other incident, on Saturday, Maphanga – who was also off duty – had driven a private vehicle along the Addo Road in Motherwell.

He parked on the yellow line, got out of the vehicle and crossed the road when he was hit by an oncoming car at about 9pm.

The driver of a Ford Icon, a man, 51, said Maphanga ran in front of his car.

Maphanga, who was from the Mount Road police station, later died in hospital from his injuries.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

The Eastern Cape management of SAPS expressed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the dead policemen.

“Our hearts are with their loved ones and colleagues during this difficult time,” provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Celiwe Binta said.

The SAPS would give all the support possible to the bereaved families. The loss of a SAPS member was also a loss to the nation, she said. – Tremaine van Aardt

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