An off-duty Uitenhage police official was stabbed to death while attempting to stop a robbery during the early hours of Monday morning.
Constable Lulamile Pase, 36, was stabbed three times in the chest during the attack.
Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga yesterday appealed to members of the police – both on and off duty – to be extra vigilant.
“We call on our courageous men and women in blue to observe safety measures at all times to protect themselves when carrying out their duties and to be alert against attacks whether on or off duty,” she said.
Pase was killed at about 1.30am on Monday in Mqolomba Street, KwaNobuhle, while he and two women were about to get into his vehicle.
Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said the two women he was accompanying had been robbed during the incident.
“His body was found with three stab wounds to the upper body and lying next to his private vehicle,” Nkohli said.
“At this stage, the circumstances around Pase’s death remain sketchy and witnesses are being questioned to shed more light on what had exactly transpired.”
Nkohli said it was not known yet whether Pase had his police firearm with him and if it had been stolen.
“It could have been a robbery gone wrong but it could just as well have been an opportunistic attack on a police official by criminals,” he said.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – the Hawks – have taken over the investigation.