Police minister evades media questions on police killings

2015-11-20 20:16
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (Netwerk24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Friday evaded questions related to police killings and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) march against the attacks.

Nhleko was hosting a delegation of police and criminal experts in a two-day conference on national dialogue on crime and violence in Boksburg.

He refused to answer media questions on various matters, including the case against Krugersdorp police officers who were reportedly caught on camera shooting dead an unarmed suspected robber. 

In terms of police killings, Nhleko said the issue was largely a societal one and his department had spoken about it numerous times. Nhleko then refused to elaborate further on his response.

When a journalist asked what he thought about the Popcru march, an evasive Nhleko said: "Are you really asking me about people who are marching?"

Nhleko was then immediately taken away by his bodyguards.

Popcru took to the streets on Wednesday against police killings.

Its deputy president, Nkosinathi Mabhida, encouraged police to use the guns on their hips when faced with criminals.

Mabhida told the crowd of police during the march to the premier's office that they needed to arm themselves to avoid being killed.

He encouraged the use of guns by police, saying he would rather have them arrested than six feet underground.

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