An off-duty police constable has been shot dead and another two injured after an unknown gunman opened fire in Samora Machel on Wednesday evening [October 28].

Available reports indicate that the three were sitting in a vehicle in Oliver Tambo Road in Samora Machel when a lone gunman approached the vehicle and fired several shots at the occupants.

All three were injured. Constable Khanyisa Ernest Sitofile later died in hospital in Lentegeur.

“Twenty-nine-year-old Constable Sitofile, who lived in Khayelitsha, was attached to the Phillipi East police station. He had worked at the station for three and half years,” said SAPS representative Brigadier Novela Potelwa in a statement.

“His colleagues at Phillipi East police station described the death as a tragic loss of a quiet member who was dedicated to his work. The Western Cape SAPS management has conveyed heartfelt condolences to the constable’s family and colleagues.”

The Hawks have undertaken the investigation.

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