Eastern Cape police on Thursday expressed their deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of an off duty Constable, who was brutally killed in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday morning at about 06:00.
“It is in indeed a sad day for the Police in the Province when we report the killing of yet another police official. It is with unmeasurable sadness that we express our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Constable Nomathamsanqa Ivy Tsitsi.
“We condemn the killing in the strongest possible way and will zealously bring to book those, who never think twice when shooting and murdering police officials. We will also provide all the necessary support to our slain colleague’s family to help them through this very testing time,” said the Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta.
It is alleged that the 36 year-old constable was off duty and arriving at her residence in Mcelu Street, NU8, Motherwell after working night shift when an unknown male approached her and fired several shots towards her vehicle, a black Citroen. She sustained injuries to the upper body and passed away on the scene.
The motive for the murder is under investigation and we wish not to speculate on the reason for the attack at this early stage.
A murder case has been opened at Motherwell SAPS, and police are urging any witness or person with information to contact Lieutenant Colonel Jackie Grobler at 082 065 9785 or the Motherwell Crime office at 041 407 6471. Information can also be shared on SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10 111 and/or Crime Line 33221. All the information will be treated as confidential.
Constable Tsitsi joined the SA Police Service on 10 January 2005 and was stationed at Zwide SAPS as shift worker.
“We also make call on our courageous men and women in blue to please observe safety measures at all time to protect themselves when carrying out their duties and to be alert against attacks whether on or off duty,” concluded Lt General Binta.