Criminals will not rule SA - Cele
Johannesburg - Police are fighting a war they did not declare, National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said during the funeral of police reservist Mark Ishlove, in Johannesburg, on Monday.
"We shall win this war. We shall not allow the country to be ruled by criminals," Cele told mourners during the service which was held at the Mosaiek Church in Fairland.
Cele assured the church filled with police that they were doing a "wonderful job" and reiterated no officer should die with a gun in their hand.
"Anybody who kills a member of the police is inviting trouble and courting sleepless nights," Cele said.
Sixty-year-old Ishlove, a lieutenant colonel, died in a shootout between the police and a five-man gang near a primary school in Northcliff on June 15. Two of the gunmen also died.
Police were chasing the gang's white Mercedes-Benz when it crashed.
The five men inside jumped out and ran away.
One of them dropped his pistol and was arrested near the accident scene. Another man was arrested further down the road and a third was caught in the school grounds.
Ishlove chased one of the other men to a house where a shoot-out ensued in which both he and the gunman died.
The fifth man tried to hide in a Wendy house. He shot himself in the head and died on the way to hospital.