Mass action needed against crime - FF Plus

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Johannesburg - The crime situation in South Africa is intolerable and mass action is needed, Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Philip van Staden said on Friday.

Van Staden was referring to the Tshwane metro police officer, Sergeant Piet von Bekkum, 51, who was shot dead during a robbery in Pretoria on Thursday.

"A man who was employed by his city and his country to maintain law and order was shot. No one's life can be guaranteed in South Africa anymore."

Van Staden saluted Von Bekkum for his contribution to making Pretoria a safer place.

"Mass action against crime and criminals needs to be taken," he said. Von Bekkum was on his motorcycle outside the entrance of the Wonderpark Mall in Pretoria North when he was confronted by one of the robbers, who shot him in the chest.

The robbers took off with an undisclosed amount of money stolen from a shop, and Von Bekkum's service pistol.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Friday that no arrests had been made.

- SAPA

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