More should be done for families of slain cops - MEC

2016-01-26 21:10
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Mpumalanga - More needs to be done for the families of police officers who die on duty, Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe said on Tuesday.

He was speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony in Mbombela for officers who had died on duty since 2011.

"It cannot just be a talk shop; the families should be assisted by, among others, galvanising state resources so that the families are adequately assisted over and above the pension payments that they receive," he said.

He said bursaries should be made available to the police officers' children and that their families' housing needs should be evaluated.

The families should also be provided with counselling on an ongoing basis, he added.

He noted concerns raised by police unions regarding the delays in payments to the families of victims.

He urged police management to ensure that payments were made speedily because most of the people who die on duty were breadwinners in their homes.

"The delay in processing such payments could only worsen the pain that families go through," he said.

He also urged communities to work with the police to bring an end to police killings.

"There is no country anywhere in the world that can thrive without law and order," he said.

He condemned corrupt cops, saying their behaviour placed the lives of their colleagues and communities at risk.

"We cannot have police officers who collude with criminals," Shongwe said.

The event was part of the province’s programme to commemorate National Police Day.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mark Magadlela and chairperson of the provincial Community Policing Forum, Kevin Pillay, attended the event, along with the families of slain officers.

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