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Police officer shot dead in Mount Fletcher

Written by: Derrick Spies
Published: Monday, July 23, 2012

Constable Xolisa Somana

Police officers carry the coffin of the late Constable Xolisa Somana to his grave. Picture: Captain Jackson Manatha

Police officers carry the coffin of the late Constable Xolisa Somana to his grave. Picture: Captain Jackson Manatha

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt General Celiwe Binta hands over the flag and the cap of Xolisa Somana to his grieving mother Nozuko Somana. Picture: Captain Jackson Manatha

A policeman was found shot dead in his home in Mount Fletcher yesterday.

Warrant Officer Khanyisile Gwanisheni, 44, – who had been with the police for 18 years – was found with three bullet wounds to his chest at 6am, Brigadier Marinda Mills said. His 9mm service pistol had been stolen.

No arrests had been made by by late last night.

Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Celiwe Binta said the crime would not deter police from their duty to protect the public.

“Police officials will always be targeted by criminals and as much as a loss of one of our own has a negative impact on the day to day fight against crime, we will not be demoralised and will continue to be the protective blue line between our communities and criminals.”

Meanwhile, fallen Willowvale Police Constable Xolisa Somana (32) was buried at Gobe Village, in Centane yesterday. Somana was shot dead while on duty on Monday 09 July 2012.

Somana was killed when he and a collegue stopped near three suspects who were suspected of robbing a man of his cellphone along Main Street in Willowvale shortly before 6pm. The men opened fire, hitting Somana, who died instantly.

They then fled into a forest surrounding Willowvale and disappeared. No arrests have been made.