Cele bemoans lack of appreciation for SAPS

2011-05-06 13:22

SA Police Service national commissioner Bheki Cele today lamented the lack of appreciation shown for the Saps’ difficult task, including by the media.

Briefing senior officers from the various law enforcement agencies on readiness for the May 18 municipal elections, he said a major fuss was made when someone died as a result of police action, but the deaths of many police officers in carrying out their duties passed virtually unnoticed.

The SAPS was losing about four to five officers a month, mainly at the hands of criminals.

“It is a crisis ... [but] you don’t see that anywhere.”

Despite police officers being “brutally” killed by criminals, it did not make the news in the same way as “police brutality” did, he said.

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