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sapsSaturday Star reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele has condemned the killing of a police officer and the wounding of another in the Free State town of Koffiefontein.  

The incident happened on Thursday evening when police, while out on patrol, spotted the vehicle of Coenraad Badenhorst heading to the farm of Paul Nel – a man he had threatened in the past.  When police arrived at the farm, they found Nel’s body on the front porch.  He had been shot in the head.  Badenhorst then opened fire on the police from bushes near the house.  Constable Vuyani March was killed when he was shot in the head.  Sergeant George Calvert was shot in the face and rushed to hospital.  Police returned fire, hitting Badenhorst, who died on his way to hospital.  A police spokesperson said Badenhorst had threatened other farmers in the area and observed that the conflict appeared to be over water rights.

  • Read more of this Saturday Star report of 12 January 2019 at SA Labour News
  • Read too, Parliament’s police portfolio chairperson condemns senseless killing of police officer in Koffiefontein (press statement), at Parliament News
  • And also, 'Police members are a national asset and they need to be protected', at EWN

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