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Murder of Moffatview policeman in Rosettenville, killer arrested

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Fannie Masemola has commended Gauteng Police for the swift arrest of a man accused of fatally stabbing an on-duty police officer on New Year’s Day.

52-year-old Warrant Officer Ntshidi Marutla was disarmed of his service pistol and fatally stabbed during a stop and search operation in Rosettenville on New Year’s Day.

Another member also sustained a stab wound and was taken to a nearby medical facility for medical care.

Within hours of the commission of the crime, one male suspect was linked to the murder scene and subsequently arrested by members of the Johannesburg Central Police Station. He was found in possession of the murder weapon and the deceased member’s service pistol.

At the time of his death, Warrant Officer Marutla had 30 years’ service having joined the organisation in 1992. He was attached to the Moffatview Police Station.

The National Commissioner says management of the SAPS are concerned about the ongoing attacks and killing of police officers.

“We are consistently implementing our Police Safety Strategy and Plan to ensure the safety of members on and off duty. Communities need to also come on board and play an active role in handing over or sharing information on known criminals in their communities. Our condolences go to the families, friends and colleagues of our members, a speedy recovery to the injured member”, concluded General Fannie Masemola.

SAPS Newsroom

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