The Hawks acting national head, Yolisa Matakata, has condemned the killing of one of their own while on duty in Bloemfontein this week.

Matakata, who met the family of Captain Qeya Tshabalala, has described the killing of police officers as an attack on the state.

The Hawks say they have launched a manhunt for the suspects in the killing of Captain Tshabalala.

Tshabalala was attending to a complaint when he was killed in Mangaung on Thursday.

His service pistol, cellphone and a vehicle were taken. But the vehicle was later found abandoned in Dewetsdorp.

The Hawks acting head Yolisa Matakata says a multi-disciplinary team has been tasked with investigating the matter.

“We are working around the clock to find the perpetrators. We have detectives from the Hawks, we have intelligence, we have lot of other colleagues that are working around the clock.”

Tshabalala’s family says it is still trying to come to terms with his death.

Family spokesperson Lefa Motsapi says: “Obviously like I said times like these require us to be together and we’ve received more support particularly from colleagues and all the authorities involved.”