Mthethwa: Cop killings threaten democracy
Johannesburg - Police killings are a "direct threat" to democracy in South Africa, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.
"[It is] a threat that should not be taken lightly by society. As of today [Friday] 48 police officers have been killed... We are saying enough now!" he said, addressing a meeting against police killings in Boksburg.
The 48 police officers were killed in the country since the beginning of the year.
Last year 93 policemen were killed and 101 the year before.
"We are saying enough now. One police life lost is one too many," Mthethwa said.
Police murders affected morale, traumatised colleagues and families and led to insecurity within the police, he said.
Mthethwa stressed the importance of community involvement in the fight against police killings.