Man arrested for killing police officer in Khayelitsha

The police captain was stationed at Muizenberg SAPS. File picture.

A 40-year-old man is expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday following the killing of Captain Siphumeza Lusasa, 37, in Khayelitsha, on Saturday evening.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said Captain Lusasa was stationed at Muizenberg police station and that his case has been taken over by Hawks detectives.

Hawks spokesperson, Zinzi Hani said 40-year-old man was arrested late on Sunday after he handed himself over at the Lingelethu West police station in Khayelitsha.

Ms Hani said police received a complaint of a stabbing that occurred at Spine Road behind Lingelethu West police station at about 9.40pm on Saturday.

“It is reported that Captain Lusasa was on standby duties at the time of the incident. It is alleged that the officer was involved in an argument with a lady where the suspect, who is the boyfriend to the lady, attacked the officer and stabbed him multiple times.”

A member of the public, who was on the scene, transported the officer to Khayelitsha hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, Ms Hani added.

The suspect allegedly fled the scene but later handed himself over to police.

Ms Hani said the suspect will be making his first appearance at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and will be facing a charge of murder.

Western Cape MEC of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen expressed shock after learning about the incident and conveyed condolences to Captain Lusasa’s loved ones.

He said from April 1 to December 31 last year, the province lost six police members.