60 policemen killed since January

2011-09-04 22:33

Pretoria - Sixty police officers have been killed while on duty since January by criminals who were challenging the might of the state, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"The number is unacceptably high and the loss to the families and to the state is immeasurable," Zuma said in his speech prepared for delivery at the National Commemoration Day in Pretoria.

"Today we pay our respects to these fallen heroes and heroines, and acknowledge their contribution to the drive to make our country crime free and safer."

He said criminals who attacked police officers were "challenging the might" of the state.

As part of the strategy to protect police officers instructions pertaining to training, the usage of bullet proof vests and deployment mechanisms during crime call-outs had been issued.

"There are over 200 000 bullet proof vests in the SAPS [SA Police Service]. This means we have more vests than the numbers of police officials in the country," said Zuma.

"We therefore urge members to wear these vests at all times and to treat each crime call-up as serious and potentially life-threatening."

More attention was being given to specialised training and firearm handling to ensure that police officers who responded to crime scenes were properly trained and ready for any eventuality, he said.

Psychological support

The police training period was also changing from 12 months to 24 months, incorporating both theoretical and practical training.

Zuma said government was reviewing the psychological support provided for police officers and their families.

"We are looking at making the services compulsory for members in order to avoid long term negative impact of untreated trauma."

He urged police officers to make sure that their immediate families were properly registered with the police department.

"This will avert delays in the processing of payments of the deceased’s pension funds or funds which could assist the children’s education," said Zuma.

Zuma sent his condolences to the families of slain police officers.

"We want to express our appreciation to the families of the heroes and heroines of SAPS that we are remembering today.

"The tears will dry. The years will pass. But the contribution of your loved ones shall never fade in our hearts," said Zuma.

Read more on:    police  |  jaco zuma

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Your Winter Body Weight Workout

Cold weather does not mean you have to slack off on your workouts, here are some tips to stay fit in the winter.



The perks of power walking
Best ‘glamping' spots in the Western Cape
6 hiking routes you have to try
South African woman learns to surf at age 70

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

You have a strong desire to share your ideas and communicate with significant people. Slow down a bit and make sure that the right...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.