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Minister Nhleko calls for public assistance in ending police killings


Media Statement from the Ministry of Police

THE continued slaughter of police officials – with 52 deaths already this year –should be a cause for concern to all law-abiding citizens. Of the 52 officers murdered, 24 were killed while on duty and 28 while off duty.

Those who have information on who the killers are have a duty to give this information to the police.

“We cannot be a society that watches the slaughter of people who are supposed to be protectors and helpers and do nothing to stop this scourge. The killers live among us. They are in Vosloorus as they are on the N2 in Cape Town. As communities we cannot shield those who perpetrate these and other horrific crimes. We  will have no mercy with those who keep silent while knowing who the murderers are in their midst. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and colleagues of those officers taken from us so brutally”.

This was said by the Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko in reaction to the latest spate of killings which brings to three the officers who have been murdered this week alone. 

In the last financial year, 86 police officials were killed which means that at least close to 30 000 people were deprived of police service (1 member to 346 citizens).

Earlier this year, SAPS announced a raft of measures and interventions to help fight this scourge. This included amongst other things:

• enforcing  Standing Orders on arresting and restraining an arrested person until they are handed over, visiting cells, restraining measures, transporting persons in custody, routine and other patrols and dealing with mentally ill persons
• Inspecting members during parades to ensure operational readiness when reporting for duty
• Communicating safety hints to enhance operational awareness by

  • briefing members on current operational situations
  • holding workshops and station lectures to address police safety

• conducting docket analyses to identify trends, tendencies and modi operandi
• identifying and tracing wanted suspects for police murders, and
• implementing tactical refresher training/workshops

“All these measures and more are important. But the most significant thing is that we need all our citizens to be part of the fight not only against crime, but especially against the crimes being committed against members. When you kill police, you kill a nation. Report police killers or suspected killers,” Nhleko said.

Media enquiries:  Musa Zondi- 0763314810