President Zuma condemns recent police killings

By Drum Digital
03 August 2015

He urged communities to work together with and support the police.

In the wake of the recent killings of police officers, President Jacob Zuma has come out condemning the acts urging communities to work together with and support the police.

News24 reports that the President on Sunday condemned the killing of four police officers and one metro police officer in the past week.

"Police are the buffer between the community and criminals and we should all work together to support the police in their work," Zuma said.

"We also urge our law enforcement officers to defend themselves against criminals within the confines of the law. We salute all law enforcement officers who work diligently under difficult conditions to rid our country of crime."

In the same breath, Zuma sent condolences to the families of the five men.

"Our hearts go out to the families who are going through pain because of heartless criminals who have no respect for human life," he said.

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu said 52 police officers had been killed since January, compared to 47 for the same period last year.

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