A memorial service for the five police officers who died during an attack by armed men at the Engcobo Police Station in the Eastern Cape is underway at the town’s Methodist Chruch.

The police service is also mourning the death of three other police officers who died in a crash near Ngcobo on Monday night.

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole and Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on police, Francois Beukman are among the mourners.

Warrant Officer Zuko Mbini and Nkosiphendule Pongco, Sibongiseni Sandlana, Zuko Ntsheku and Kuhle Mateta – all constables, died during a brazen raid by criminals at the Ngcobo Police Station.

The bodies of two of the officers were dumped near Nyanga High outside town on the R61.

Not far from that crime scene, three police officers who came to Ngcobo from North West lost their lives when their vehicle hit a stray animal on Monday night.

They were in Engcobo to beef up a tracing team for the police killers.