299 police officers murdered in 3 years

2011-07-26 17:20

Cape Town - Altogether 299 SA Police Service officers were murdered between April 1 2008 and March 31 this year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

In written reply to a parliamentary question by the Freedom Front Plus' Pieter Groenewald, he said 13 officers died in the line of duty between January 1 and May 31 this year.

During these five months, another 15 officers committed suicide and 57 more died of "unnatural causes", Mthethwa said.

In a statement later, Groenewald said although the number of murdered officers had dropped from 105 in 2008 to 93 in 2010/2011, it was worrying that so many members were being murdered.

Circumstances of the murders differed but better training was necessary to prevent them.

It was also disconcerting that 15 members had committed suicide this year.

A proper investigation should to be undertaken into this as it indicated that officers were under extreme pressure and exposed to abnormal circumstances, but did not receive the proper psychological assistance, Groenewald said.

  • Shadoz - 2011-07-26 17:22

    I feel for the families of these officers but should we ask what the murder rate on the people that the police are supposed to protect is?

      Thouca - 2011-07-26 17:55

      in aggresive situations, i support "shoot first, chat later".....

      LBS - 2011-07-27 15:26

      It's sad, but NOTHING compared to the murders on the farmers!

  • Smindlo - 2011-07-26 17:23

    OK, now go back to work and stop annoying us with useless statistics!!! when last did you release credible crime stats!!!

      Thouca - 2011-07-26 17:56

      come on dude, show a little compassion here??.....the officer killed in my northcliff last month is not a stat, boet.....

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-07-26 19:56


  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-26 17:29

    condolences to the families of the policemen. But another question we should be asking is How many citizens died under police brutality?

  • peter the gr - 2011-07-26 17:33

    That shows, how much respect people have for the Guys in Blue. . . none at all. Here in Abu Dhabi the wont even touch one, if the would kill one, its the end of the road. . . Death sentence and thats it.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 07:10

      why should i respect a bunch of people who are openly and racially antognistic; involve themselves in crime and corruption; and show a general level of uselessness in everything that they do?

  • Wayne - 2011-07-26 17:33

    Most were off duty and a lot happened around taverns. Bad training and ignorance lead to many deaths too.

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-07-26 19:59

      Or maybe they are the ones that actually risked their lives in the line of duty! Cmon people have some compassion, some of these deceased victims family members actually read these articles and it would be disgusting to read your comments if you were one of them!

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 07:11

      kaleidoscope, if the families and policemen and women want respect, then they should consider earning it...... these guys make me want to hurl - they are rude and racist, and bloody useless at their jobs....

  • MrSpiderman - 2011-07-26 18:02

    OK, so maybe I shouldv'e failed maths in the 80's? 1. To those officers who are and were part of the cause! I SALUTE YOU! 2. To those who wanted to ride the train? Sorry pal, you mist the boat! 3. To those who really whishes to support our cause? I AM BEHIND YOU! BTW minsita?! If you know the statistics, why in hell are you not doing ANYTHING about it? And where the shoe fits? Weight Watchers!

  • samuel.weller - 2011-07-26 18:27

    These members are people and citizens as well and even go further than the normal man on the street to protect and serve, Thouca, thanks you for youor compassion, Smindlo come on, and yes credible crime stats are most definately needed!!!!

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 07:15

      oh come on! this is garbage - just because they die doing their jobs does not mean that they are heroes! how many of these 'wonderful' people have involved themselves in crime and corruption? how many of them can barely read or write, or even drive? how many of them sit on their far bottoms when they should be patrolling and serving the public? when is the last time you had to go into the station to get a case number? every time i have done this, i am appalled and horrified at how badly they behave, how unhelpful and miserable they are.

      Dayat Atime - 2011-07-29 16:42

      Huh? They go further than the normal man? Um, that's their job description for one thing. For another if we 'normal' men went any further we would be arrested for mob justice

  • pelezw - 2011-07-26 18:43

    This is bad news

  • Ghanzi - 2011-07-26 18:58

    How many Citezens and farmers have died in 3 years , protected by SAPS ???? Crime and Corruption ?????

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-07-26 20:01

      Paint everyone with the same brush, why dont you! Have respect for those who actually have risked their lives to protect!

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 07:17

      kaleidoscope, stop trying to make claims that these guys are heroes! i could die at my desk - this does not make me one because i died whilst doing my job. you are painting the police with the same brush - how many of these guys actually take their jobs seriously? how many of them really understand that their job is to serve and protect? i would not be surprised if many of these deaths could have been avoided if these guys had taken their training and duty more seriously. they battle to fill out forms - i can just imagine them bludering their way through a danger zone.....

  • Thandi - 2011-07-26 19:00

    Very sad and I feel for their families, but perhaps if we had an effective police force instead of the leaderless bunch of untrained thugs we are stuck with, crime might reduce.

  • Oxygen - 2011-07-26 19:23

    And, who are they compared to the ordinary citizen?

  • World Traveler - 2011-07-26 20:55

    The anc is putting police officers under undue stress and strain!!! Vortre the f****ers out!!!

      World Traveler - 2011-07-26 20:56

      The anc is putting police officers under undue stress and strain!!! Vote the f****ers out!!! Correction!! Vote DA!!! F... the anc!!!

  • 50something - 2011-07-26 21:04

    This is sad indeed. Bring back the death penalty, that is the only way you will solve the crime problem.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-07-26 22:50

    Shocking, just shocking!!! I feel so for those who lost their lives, as it is, they had such a stressful job, keeping SA'S streets safe..... I DO NOT think our NZ police would handle half of what happens in SA - they would simple crack under the pressure!! BUT REMEMBER - one hears of so many SA cops who are corrupt, it makes you wonder, they have been caught for ATM robberies, murder, it makes the dedicated, loyal, law abiding cop look bad!!!!! I, many years ago in my student days, was walking home from a party just around the corner from my digs.....a cop approached in the van and basically started flirting with me, openly! I was actually scared - AND RAN HOME...... from the police.......but all the other stories involving SA cops, makes one thing again....hmmm!! But NO ONE should lose their life to crime, no one has the right to take your life!!

  • cgtours - 2011-07-26 23:08

    This is absolutely shocking!!! Where is the death Penalty and whn is it coming back.! We have to vote on this now and their will be a MJORITY vote- we have to save all our lives. our childrens lives. innocent lives and the lives of our Police! CRIMINALS CANNOT be allowed to carry on like this!! DEATH PENALTY AND GET RID OF THE RUBBISH- IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OF KILLING OUTRIGHT BLATANTLY AND TAKE A LIFE - then you must PAY with your LIFE!! wHO THE HELL GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO JUST kill! sTOP IT! iF YOU KILL OUTRIGht YOU HANG !

  • dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 07:08

    while this is terrible, it does not surprise me. every time i have dealt with the police i have been struck by how unhelpful and uncommitted they are to their jobs. to add to this, there are countless stories of their involvement in corruption and crime. they do not seem to want to protect the public or do their jobs with any amount of professionalism or pride. so, my question is: how many of these deaths could have been avoided if these guys took their roles and jobs more seriously? they cant even fill out a form properly - so how are they going to act properly in the line of fire????

      VAMP - 2011-07-27 09:18

      I`ve been arrested for DUY twice and both times they couldn't even get my name right on the forms, and they had my license to write it down from....shocking....and both times they broke at least 4 of my human rights laws, and that got me off how many criminals are let go of their incompetence....

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 11:05

      pardon my ignorance, but what is 'DUY'?

  • Darwinian - 2011-07-27 08:47

    And how many civilians died because of police incompetence?

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-27 11:06

      i agree! how many thousands compared to 299 of them? this is a ridicuous article.

  • VAMP - 2011-07-27 09:12

    ag shame........give us the numbers for police involved in crime, whether its corruption, murder, rape ect....I know it will be higher.....

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