299 police officers murdered in 3 years
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.