The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has directed that the killers of Lt Colonel Fana Simon Maseko be tracked and brought to book as soon as possible.
Colonel Maseko was driving his Mercedes Benz into his driveway in Mtsuki Street in Ackerville in Witbank, Mpumalanga this evening when at least two armed men opened fire on him, killing him instantly.
The suspects fled without taking anything and the motive for the killing is unknown at this stage.
The General Sitole has instructed that the 72 hour Activation Plan be mobilized. This is a plan which entails the mobilization of critical disciplines and resources of the SAPS including Crime Intelligence, Forensic Experts and season investigators both from the SAPS and the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) to ensure that no intelligence and evidence which could help track down the killers is lost. This activation plan will also be supported by a specialized tactical team including members of the Task Force, the National Intervention Unit and/or the Tactical Response Team when the need arises.
"I have tasked the provincial team to spare no resources in tracking down those responsible", said General Sitole.
"An attack on a police officer is an attack on the nation and as a nation we need to rally together to bring these continuous attacks on our men and women in blue to a grinding halt", added General Sitole
In the meantime, we are making an earnest appeal to anyone with any information on the killing of Colonel Maseko to please come forward. Information may be communicated via our Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strictest confidence.