Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Dan Plato, has strongly condemned the brutal attack on the family of a South African Police Force (SAPS) officer. The Manenberg home of Constable Lutfie Eksteen, a member of SAPS Operation Combat Anti-gang and Drug Unit, was targeted on Monday night. The attack resulted in the fatal shooting of Eksteen’s 71-year old mother. His 44-year old brother was also shot and injured during the vicious attack.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Plato expressed his symphathies towards Constable Eksteen, the family, and those close to the victims.
“My sincerest condolences to Constable Eksteen, the extended family, colleagues and friends for their loss and trauma experienced,” read the statement.
Plato said such “brazen and heinous attacks” were an attempt to intimidate SAPS from acting against criminals, murderers, gang bosses and druglords. He further called on the Manenberg community to assist the police in bringing swift justice to those responsible for the attack.
“I urge the community of Manenberg to work with the police in bringing the offenders to task and offer the support of the Western Cape Department of Community Safety in ensuring that those responsible face their full day in court,” the statement read.
The Western Cape Community Police Board expressed concern at the dangers faced by law enforcement officials.
“We the Provincial Community Police Board strongly condemn the killings and violence on our SAPS members and their families,” it read.
“Our men and women in blue are also human beings and an attempt on the lives of these officers is an act of treason and must be dealt with the severest of punishment.”
They called for the community to remain calm, whilst urging them to forward any useful information to SAPS.
The board also had a stern warning for the perpetrators of the attack.
“To those responsible for these evil acts, your days are numbered. Our communities will get rid of you in participating in our structures and being the change,” they said.
Western Cape police have launched an urgent investigation into the matter, with arrests yet to be made. Cases of murder and attempted murder are likely to be investigated. VOC