Popcru: vow to fight cop killers

2009-04-17 00:00

The fight against criminals who kill police has intensified after the recent murders of two Inanda policemen.

Four suspects wanted for the murders were killed in a gun battle with police who went to arrest them.

Police unions and politicians lent their support to this battle during a memorial service for Inspector Albert Gumede and Constable Mntungani Xulu, gunned down while arresting a suspect in Inanda last week. They were patrolling the area when they were approached by two men who asked for help and led the police to a tavern, where they were shot.

The killings renewed concern over the increase in the number of police officers killed on duty.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) provincial secretary Kwenza Nxele said the union is angry over the brutal slayings of their members.

Nxele said that while he does not approve of the killing of criminals, police will “shoot to kill” if their lives are endangered. “It’s our duty to protect people from these criminals.”

Popcru member and head of Durban’s organised crime unit Rajen Aiyer said: “Our hearts are bleeding. Our blue uniform does not give them (criminals) the right to kill us.

“We will not be threatened. We will use the required force within the law. Enough is enough.

“Why should we become statistics while we are trying protect others?”

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