Tshwane, 31 October 2012 – A Tshwane Metro Police officer died on Wednesday morning after being shot by criminals while on duty. Sergeant Reuben Oupa Dibakwane (43) was on routine patrol with two of his colleagues on Molefe Makinta Road in Hebron, near Ga-Rankuwa, at around 19h30 on Tuesday night, when they noticed a vehicle whose lights were not operational.
The officers stopped the vehicle and issued the driver with a fine for driving a vehicle without lights, thus causing potential danger to other road users.
Immediately after issuing the fine the officers were accosted by four men who emerged suddenly from nearby houses. One of the men had a gun and opened fire, shooting Sergeant Dibakwane on the head. His two colleagues returned fire and hit one of the men, but they all managed to run away as the officers turned to their colleague and rushed him to Legae Clinic in Mabopane.
The criminals managed to run away with Sergeant Dibakwane’s service pistol.
At the same time as dropping off their colleague at the hospital the officers summonsed back-up. A manhunt ensued and a suspect was located in Hebron. He opened fire when the officers approached him and was wounded by police’s return fire. He was found to be in possession of Sergeant Dibakwane’s service pistol.
The second suspect was apprehended with the help of community members who had heard the earlier exchange of fire when Dibakwane was shot. This is the suspect who was shot by the officers and could be identified by the community members because he was bleeding and could no longer run away. He was also arrested.Two other suspects are still at large and their search continues.
Unfortunately Sergeant Dibakwane passed away at 04h00 on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery.
He will be sorely missed his colleagues.
The TMPD condemns the killing of our officer and call on anyone with information to contact the metro police at 012 358 7095/6 or the SAPS’ hotline number 10111.