Police will fight back - Phiyega

2015-09-10 21:20
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Johannesburg – Police will fight back against criminals, in the face of "buckets and buckets" of criticism from the public and the dangerous nature of their work, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Thursday.

"If the criminals think we are going to back down then they have another thing coming, because we are not about to," she told reporters in Johannesburg.

She was speaking after Warrant Officer Samuel Mchizama, 50, and Constable Solly Maluleke, 40, were shot dead in Dobsonville, Soweto, on Wednesday afternoon. Their killers took their service pistols and a rape case docket they had with them.

The two were attached to the family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit.

"We are arresting and bringing these criminals to justice, to ensure that those who have passed on did not do so in vain. Their blood talks to us," she said.

She urged people to help the police fight crime, saying it was not the police’s job alone. Failure to do this would ensure the country became lawless. "Then we can choose to be like a Mexico, maybe."

Police officers should wear their bulletproof vests, she said. They might not cover an officer’s entire body, but would help protect those "vital parts" that were "easily damaged".

In the last financial year, between April 2014 and March this year, police dealt with 1 537 attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 86 officers. This indicated that police training was paying off as officers survived most of them, she said.

Gauteng commissioner General Lesetja Mothiba said it was painful to have colleagues killed. He said he was angry and upset.

Illegal firearms were a huge problem, he said. In the past seven days, police had recovered 86 such weapons.

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