Police want better safety

2017-07-12 06:03

The urgency for the police to install CCTV cameras at police stations to maximise the safety of on-duty officers has resurfaced.

Currently no police station in the country has CCTV cameras, making police members vulnerable to being attacked by criminals.

This was the case of the two slain constables, Obert Boitumelo Mekoa (32) and Mzonani David Manjo (32).

The pair was on duty at the Koffie­fontein service centre when they were ambushed by unidentified assailants on Thursday, 29 June.

Thando Mbambo, provincial police spokesperson, said the unavailability of CCTV cameras at the Koffiefontein police station was not an isolated case, saying the deputy national police commissioner, Fannie Masemola, had confirmed that were are no CCTV cameras at police stations across the country. She said Masemola had confirmed this during the funeral of the deceased policemen Manjo and Mekoa.

Mbambo said Masemola had reported that the police management was engaged in a process to consider installing CCTV cameras at police stations and in vehicles countrywide.

The two murdered policemen increased the number to three of police officers murdered while on duty at police stations in the Free State this year.

In February, Const. Jongindaba Mtiyane (30) was killed in the line of duty. He had reportedly been attacked by three armed unidentified men who shot at him and a colleague while they were on duty at the Sonskyn satellite police station in Bloemspruit, Bloemfontein.

An investigation revealed that Mtiyane had been shot three times by the balaclava-wearing killers.

Mtiyane’s colleague had escaped unharmed.

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