Phiyega worried about police murders

2012-09-01 22:32
Riah Phiyega (File, Sapa)

Riah Phiyega (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The killing of police officers was becoming a worrying trend, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said on Saturday.

"This scourge does not only deprive us of members... but families lose breadwinners too," she said in Pretoria.

Most officers were killed in the line of duty.

Phiyega was speaking at the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union's (Popcru) executive meeting.

"Police officers are people too... they are humans made of flesh and blood."

The scourge required extraordinary interventions together with communities, NGOs and the business sector.

"This worrying trend also creates an enormous skills gap within the police service whose duty is to keep the country safe and secure," she said.

Police deaths were an undesirable distraction from building the country.

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