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Cabinet alarmed over police killings

2011-05-26 13:36

Cape Town - The Cabinet has expressed its alarm at the steady rise in the number of police officers killed by criminal elements, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday.

Briefing the media following the executive's regular Wednesday fortnightly meeting, he said the Cabinet had issued a stern warning that any person found guilty of such criminal behaviour would be dealt with by the full might of the law.

"Cabinet also calls on all South Africans to contribute towards building a safer and more secure society by partnering with the police and reporting any criminal activity," he said.

Statistics

Earlier this week, the SA Human Rights Commission condemned the killing of police officers in the line of duty, saying it undermined the proper functioning of the criminal justice system.

"A proper, functioning criminal-justice system is one of the key requirements in the protection of human rights and the stability of the country's democracy," said commission spokesperson Vincent Moaga.

This year alone, reports indicate an increase in the number of slain officers, with the number standing at 32 dead since January.

Other statistics show that about 109 police officers were killed between 2008 and 2009 while 110 were killed between 2009 and 2010.

On Sunday, two police officers, Warrant Officer Gurswin Matthee and Constable Cannon Cloete, were killed while attending to a crime call in Kraaifontein, in the Western Cape.

Three days earlier, Captain Sydney Bongani Hlengwa and Constable Zamikhaya Patrick Hlangulela from Creighton, in Durban, were killed during a raid.

'Totally unacceptable'


The SA Police Union (Sapu) said the killings were "totally unacceptable and can never be tolerated". It called for an urgent national summit on the matter.

"The latest incidents in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal make it beyond any doubt that this summit should be held within the shortest possible time," said Sapu general secretary Oscar Skommere.

The summit would allow stakeholders to come up with strategies and policies to curb the killings.

Sapu also wanted to propose the introduction of tough legislation to curb the killings.

"We would like suspects in all police attack-related cases to be denied bail and those ultimately found guilty to be given lengthy prison terms," Skommere said.

He said Sapu would seek an urgent meeting with the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa with the intention of organising a summit.

Comments
  • Gorilla - 2011-05-26 13:44

    Only now they are getting alarmed. The whole country has been alarmed for quite a few years now. WAKE UP CABINET FFS!

      REVO - 2011-05-26 14:00

      I mean come on...Aids + Poverty. Majority of the criminals are HIV and unemployed....hence to put it mildly...they don't care if they going to die...contract's already out. And government is puzzled?

      SuperCal - 2011-05-26 14:51

      yea but those criminals better be careful. they will face the full might of the law....which law would that be. The law that they are killing?

  • Richard - 2011-05-26 13:47

    AND WHAT ABOUT NORMAL CITIZENS?????? WHY NO ALARM THERE!!!!!!

      clark - 2011-05-26 13:55

      - Abso- bloody -lutely - The job of a policeman is high risk and death goes with the territory. Innocent civilians dont expect to be butchered " Tatane " style. They expect to be served and protected.

      KPActivities - 2011-05-26 14:23

      Criminals are not afraid of the law, why should they care, if their president can get away with no time, why cant they.

  • anti crime - 2011-05-26 13:48

    What did u expect.....arggghhhh a bunch of BS....why comment here anyway.

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-26 13:49

    Are they alarmed about the abysmally high murder and other crime rates?! What about the farm killings, not too worried about those, are we..cabinet members?! You are all so far up your rear ends, a good kick wouldn't do any good!

  • buzz - 2011-05-26 13:51

    Private Cele, do you not think that the increase in police brutality and police killings may be directly linked to the increase in dead cops? Hey, just a thought...

      Doublepost - 2011-05-26 14:03

      He doesn't even deserve the rank of "Private!!"

      Mike - 2011-05-26 14:08

      "Private Part" perhaps

      Bunty - 2011-05-26 15:55

      It's too bad that ignorance is not painful

  • Marcell - 2011-05-26 13:51

    Why is the cabinet not alarmed when cele's thugs kill innocent civilians?

  • Pieter Erwee - 2011-05-26 13:54

    Maybe someone started singing kill the policeman kill the cop?

      K Munsamy - 2011-05-26 16:46

      lol, I also taught about that song.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-26 13:54

    "Full might of the Law" =???????????????????????????????????????????????? Make cop killing a capital offense!!!!!!!!!! that will never happen..... Human Rights will be up in arms.... a sad reality we live in!

      Doublepost - 2011-05-26 14:06

      We need to return to the Old-testament way of running things. An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth!

      Badger - 2011-05-26 15:10

      That's right Wayne,,,"A Capital Offence" Stay home for 5 years on full pay doing ab-so-lutly FA, just like our (In) famous judge ;->

  • Meanleader - 2011-05-26 13:56

    The Cops think they are special . But they are a corrupt bunch of affirmative jokes . We need the government to take ALL MURDER seriously , and to prosecute to the Full extent of the law , on all murders etc . And why is their a special summit for these pigs when all other murders are sidelined ? And all murderers should be denied bail !!! These ANC politicians are trash , highlighting the police above all citizens . And we cannot have a fully functioning force as long as the ANC corruption carries on cos half the cops are corrupt criminals . If these police deaths are the only way to make the corrupt ANC do something , then I am glad .... !Rest in peices !

      K Munsamy - 2011-05-26 16:48

      Well said my friend, I don't see the special summit only for pigs, it should be for everyone in this country

  • MC2010 - 2011-05-26 13:56

    What do you expect in a country where criminality reigns? Just look at the criminals in government and I am not referring to ex-political prisoners. Whinnie was found guilty of kidnapping and murder, Trueman Prince a child molester and the list goes on. If criminals are allowed to rule, who will have respect for the law? The only way to stop this is to start right from the top and restore the rule of law through a truly independent judiciary. Until then, my sympathy to the husbands and wives of police officers as many of them will become widows and widowers.

  • Barry - 2011-05-26 13:59

    The communique should have read like this: Cape Town - The Cabinet has expressed its alarm at the steady rise in the number of innocent civilians killed by police officers, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday. Briefing the media following the executive's regular Wednesday fortnightly meeting, he said the Cabinet had issued a stern warning that any policeman or woman found guilty of such criminal behaviour would be dealt with by the full might of the law. "Cabinet also calls on all policemen and women to contribute towards building a safer and more secure society by partnering with the community and reporting any criminal activity in it`s ranks," he said.

  • Human - 2011-05-26 13:59

    Until such time that criminals fears the law,we are all doomed. The fat cats in Parliament pretend to be caring about ordinary citizens when in actual fact they don't. This are the people who live in mansions with electric fences and 24hrs security system at a buzz. I say bring back death penalty, I volunteer to execute this sick bastards.

  • Eternity - 2011-05-26 13:59

    Police brutality doesn't go down well - even the criminal element as lost respect for them

  • camp.j - 2011-05-26 13:59

    Cabinet should be just as alarmed with the killing of NON policemen. Very sad state of affairs

  • Frungy - 2011-05-26 14:00

    ... so they're alarmed about cops that they send out under-equipped, under-trained and under-supported being killed? WTF? Are they morons? ... oh wait, sorry, I forgot who I was talkig about. Ironically they keep reassuring the public that the murder rate isn't abnormal, so apparently normal citizens being killed is just dandy with them.

  • Mike - 2011-05-26 14:01

    Screw the cops!!!!!!!! What about ordinary citizens they are SUPPOSED to protect??? Cops getting killed is an occupational hazard, hello! Screw Cabinet

      Louis - 2011-05-26 14:08

      Mike it is not a occupational hazard for the family of those COPS you talking about.

      clark - 2011-05-26 14:38

      - He never said that - What are we talking about here anyway ? Geeez it's an everyday hazard just living in SA with our crime rate. Louis, you getting too sentimental about The cop's families - what about all the thousands of families in society that are victims of crime ?

  • Xavier - 2011-05-26 14:03

    About time that cops are being killed more and more. Hopefully this will spark something to be done regarding criminals in this country. Drastic times calls for drastic measures. bring back the death penalty.

  • Louis - 2011-05-26 14:04

    Buzz it is just as hard for a family member to be lost as a police member to be lost. Every day you put yourself on the line. Then at the end of the day people wright comments that make you think that a policeman’s life is not as important as another. My heart goes out to those that have lost a family member because of crime. Remember a Police member is also a person and. Not all Policemen are the same. Some of us aren't corrupt and believe in the better good and work very hard for it. 2 Years ago a Col in Kraaifontein was killed while on duty. This man that died left behind 2 lovely kids and a mother. Because he was dedicated in his work. At the end of the day don’t blame the police blame the Justice system. I can tell you all about the Justice system that is failing us.

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-05-26 14:05

    What's the use of reporting crime? Nobody shows up and if they eventually do, they cannot read or write. I am sure the criminals are having a field day with today's cops, because they know they're useless.

  • Plonker69 - 2011-05-26 14:05

    2 year old baby and parents murdered in cold blood, 85 year old murdered in cold blood. Why doesnt cabinet raise their concern on these murders too or is it because they are not ANC cadres

      Doublepost - 2011-05-26 14:08

      Yep, just to reiterate here. The parents were brutally stabbed and shot to death. The 2 year old child was stabbed and then shot, execution style to the head!! If that is not ALARMING..well sheet?!

  • JewelZA - 2011-05-26 14:06

    "...partnering with the police and reporting any criminal activity". Hayibo, cabinet. Give us a police force we can trust first.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 14:06

    These white criminals are going to kill you one by one, and point fingers at ANC and Blacks and Malema...every fly that dies, its obvious, a black man killed that fly. I think they try by all means to get people off their backs. If these whites can F*U*C*K their sisters, what will stop them from killing each other. Common leave ANC alone.

      Plonker69 - 2011-05-26 14:10

      thobsion.ANC You uneducated moron go back to the bush

      Doublepost - 2011-05-26 14:15

      He was so uncivilised and savage, the bush rejected him!!

      jakes - 2011-05-26 14:29

      Hey troll, don't you have something to go and steal or plunder somewhere??? F*ck Face!!!

      Barry - 2011-05-26 14:32

      @ Doublepost @ Plonker69 Methinks hell has rejected Him also

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-05-26 14:42

      What a tw@! Are you really tha proud of your lack of civilised thought patterns? I suppose you would be happier sitting under a tree in a kraal somewhere drinking god-awful k-beer out of a dirty gourd, whilst your 8 slow-punctured wives worked your mielie patch for you. Must suck having to live in a modern white-built society, when all your DNA is crying out for a return to living in the trees.

      24JD - 2011-05-26 15:51

      You are not a clever one, are you? You just gave the A.N.C another blow by opening you racist sick mount! The more you talk, the more the world sees what the A.N.C supporters stands for!

  • Notuagain - 2011-05-26 14:08

    Wow Alarmed. The rest of us mortals are livid, gatvol, sickened and the "moer in" at all the crime in the country. What does it take for Cabinet to start taking action?

  • Coconut - 2011-05-26 14:09

    It is about time that they start becoming alarmed about the number of police brutality atrocities against civilians not to speak of the death of innocent civilians in custody. You get what you dish out. I know that I am being callous but, wtf, daily you read in the media of police brutality.

  • andrelouisw - 2011-05-26 14:13

    Why arent they alarmed at the police killing civilians in custody!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-26 14:15

    They should have been alarmed about all the killings a long time ago, not just police. I just wonder whether the Killers are getting in first, before Cele's Shoot to kill gets them? An awful lot of criminals have been shot by the police in KZN, "while trying to avoid arrest"? I know that, if someone is likely to shoot me, i will shoot first.

  • Kevin King - 2011-05-26 14:27

    http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Letters/SAs-most-dangerous-jobs-20110221

  • DeonL - 2011-05-26 14:28

    It is also unacceptable that +- 48 ordinary people are killed every day. Less people are killed in Iraq and Pakistan than here.

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-26 14:29

    Surprise surprise surprise. You idiot Manyi didnt you know SA is a killing field.

  • Faansie - 2011-05-26 14:29

    Bla Bla Bla.

  • vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-26 14:29

    High time you bring the death penalty

      Plonker69 - 2011-05-26 15:09

      thobsion, cause black judges get drunk and smash their cars moron. You will be the first on deathrow idiot

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 15:17

      God gave us life, and I believe he's the only one to take it. No one has a right to kill anyone other than him.

  • AGREY - 2011-05-26 14:32

    ?

  • Wow! - 2011-05-26 14:35

    We - the citizens - are concerned by both Police being killed AND Police brutality towards the citizenry. Both of these elements need to be in place for it to meet expectations.

  • Gavin - 2011-05-26 14:37

    Wow, cabinet actually woke up from their slumber - if you want a good chuckle watch them on the parliamentary channel. As sad as this is, it's even sadder how many people have been beaten up by what has to be the most useless police service ? (force) in the known universe. Sleep at home in your bed in your luxury mansion, not n the job.

  • Brodie84 - 2011-05-26 14:37

    Shoot the B@st@rds!! Not the police, the criminals.

  • Say-my-say - 2011-05-26 14:39

    Yeah Right! so we must get involved in building a safer state! IS that not what our taxes are for - are they not supposed to fund the USELESS ANC to do their job! Once again there is too much protection for the criminals and not enough protection for the victims!!! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!!!!!! We might thing we have the best constitution in the world - but a constitution that places the right of the individual above the rights of the community is in my mind seriously flawed and will lead to the decay of the community at large.

  • Plonker69 - 2011-05-26 14:48

    @Barry, Me thinks his mother dropped him on his head at birth, however there's no brain so not sure if that would have helped, He sprung back up when he landed on his empty pip

  • Badger - 2011-05-26 15:07

    "ALARMED" We don't here cabeeenet being alarmed over police brutality now do we. Police need to earn respect and as for the P of S Cele, so no more. Heard him on TV on the 18th, "Aaaair theer was some pipol tryyying to be Kleva, but we sorteed them out" And he is the "Leader" of the police, Eish ?????????????

  • umlaut - 2011-05-26 15:09

    Any killings are alarming-but cabinet should also be ALARMED over all the farm killings-its a staggering over 2000 since a 'new nation was born'.

  • kilo39 - 2011-05-26 16:26

    quote..."Cabinet also calls on all South Africans to contribute towards building a safer and more secure society by partnering with the police and reporting any criminal activity," my quote...'Cabinet should grant the people of South Africa an opportunity to decide on and vote on the reintroduction of the death penalty'. Our societies all have killers of cops, ordinary civilians, as well as rapists etc and we must insist on the right to rid this world of these mutants. Until then we are failing ourselves in our fight for a sane, respectable and safe world. Who is going to be the next victim...your child, your father, mother sister, brother ?? Get real people, the longer we leave it, the more of us will die unnaturely and the more it will cost us.

  • K Munsamy - 2011-05-26 16:44

    I hope they get more of those cops. Police misuse their authority. My brother and I was beaten up by police and thrown into a cell overnight. Next day they made up some ridicules lies when filling the charge sheet. I went thru alot of trouble in court trying to avoid a crimnal charge for absolutely nothing. Due to this incident I when thru serious trauma and ended up failing my studies. It changed my life forever. I now dance to the sound of a cop being killed. Hip hip hoo ray.

  • ohsa.online - 2011-05-26 20:22

    Beki Cele, you visited the scene where two more Police officials were killed in cold blood and you “shed a tear.” Those dead policemen deserve more than “a tear.” Their living colleagues deserve more that “a tear.” The Police require more resources, better training, more radios, more bullet proof vests, more manpower and more assistance. We know this requires more money but a ready supply of MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF RANDS is available and staring you in the face, as this is what is currently being spent on the failed FCA. It is obvious that the Firearms Confiscation Act has been a dismal failure. It has had no impact on reducing crime, has had no impact of removing guns from the hands of criminals and has cost this country BILLIONS OF RANDS. Why not pressurize your colleagues to scrap that useless and unconstitutional piece of legislation (the FCA), use all those millions of Rands to better train and equip the Police Force, empower the Law ABIDING CITIZENS and get them all on the side of the Police once again? The very act of scrapping the FCA will free up many, many more desk bound Police officers from tedious FCA duties and allow them to be more visible on the streets, backing up their colleagues, as was absent in Kraaifontein. Do this and watch your own Police members and their families salute you not for your rank, but for your leadership quality and ability to address the real problem. The Law Abiding Citizens have a right to defend themselves against the criminal scum, so do the Police. The families of Police members deserve the right to know that the millions of Rands wasted on implementing the unimplementable FCA will rather be used to better equip their husbands, their wives, their children, your members. Why continue to make law abiding citizens and Police members easier targets for the criminal scum? Push for the scrapping of the FCA, General Cele, and watch your popularity grow in leaps and bounds.

  • Ananiusse - 2011-05-27 13:37

    How many civilians wer mistakenly short dead by police? What did the cabinet do? killed- police are also people they can be killed as well, nobody said if ur a police ur not suppose to be killed, not even to mention ' cal of duty' , wat did they expect- to be called n join de party or drink beer, its their work n i dont c any problems with that- Even wen soldiers get killed trying to protect their country nobody bothers coz is their work.

  • Ananiusse - 2011-05-27 13:38

    How many civilians wer mistakenly short dead by police? What did the cabinet do? killed- police are also people they can be killed as well, nobody said if ur a police ur not suppose to be killed, not even to mention ' cal of duty' , wat did they expect- to be called n join de party or drink beer, its their work n i dont c any problems with that- Even wen soldiers get killed trying to protect their country nobody bothers coz is their work.

  • Rob - 2011-06-15 14:49

    It would have been better if the headline read "Police alarmerd over cabinet killings".

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