The Western Cape police have launched a manhunt after for the suspects who shot and killed an off-duty police officer in Cape Town.

The body of the police officer was found at around 01:40 on Sunday in Disa Street, Vrygrond. He sustained several gunshot wounds.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said “The circumstances surrounding a shooting incident…where the body of a 38-year-old male was found with several gunshot wounds to the body are under investigation”.

The attackers fled the scene.

The motive for the shooting was still unknown.

Van Wyk said the sergeant was stationed at the Steenberg police station.

He urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Muizenberg police on 021 787 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

In a related incident, a cop was killed in Cape Town on the 19th of March in a road rage incident, just three weeks after two other policemen were murdered.

Constable Khangelani Magqabini, 40, stationed at Mowbray Police Station was off-duty on Friday when he was killed. He had been driving with a relative in his car in Delft-South when he became involved in an argument with another driver who was driving recklessly.

Magqabini drove to his home in Nielsen Street, Delft-South. He went inside to fetch his firearm and left his relative in the car. He did not realise that the driver in the other vehicle had followed him.

When he returned to his car, the driver opened fire and fled the scene.

Maqgabini was rushed to Mitchells Plain Melomed Hospital, where he died in casualty. He had been shot twice in the head.

The passenger in Maqgabini’s car escaped unharmed.