National Commissioners calls for greater cooperation with communities to end police killings
The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) General Fannie Masemola is calling on all people living in South Africa to contribute towards building a safer and secure country by working closely with the police in ending the senseless attacks and killings of police officers.
General Masemola’s comments follow the latest killing of two on duty police officers in Boksburg North in Gauteng on Thursday evening.
The pair, a 29-year-old constable with three years’ service and a 45-year-old sergeant with 18 years’ service who are both attached to the Boksburg North Police Station were responding to a complaint of an unnatural death in the area when they were accosted by three males. At the time of the attack, the pair were waiting for a mortuary van when they were disarmed and fatally wounded.
The suspects who fled the scene on foot took off with the deceased’s service pistols and bullet proof vests.
All role players have been activated and a manhunt is underway to apprehend those who are behind the attack as well as the recovery of the two state firearms and two bullet proof vests.
“The killing of police officers in the line of duty and for their service pistols undermines the authority of the State and the proper functioning of the criminal justice system. While we review our police safety strategy and plan, as management we are calling for greater cooperation with our citizens, to put an end to such incidents collectively. We believe that such incidents can be prevented. We will not rest until we find those behind the attack and killing of police officers. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the two members”, said General Fannie Masemola.
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Crime Stop Hotline number on 0860010111 or download the MySAPS App on any android or smart phone. Information will be treated with confidentiality.
Colonel Athlenda Mathe