War declared against police killings

By Drum Digital
20 November 2015

Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks), has come up with a new strategy to address the scourge of police killings and intensify the fight against those who kill officers.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

The strategy will be presented to Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko, then submitted for discussion in Parliament. Among other issues, it proposes the review of the current firearm legislations.

Lieutenant General Ntlemeza has drawn up strict measures to address police killings. He warns that lawlessness will not be tolerated and the anger of the Hawks awaits anyone who robs the country of its law enforcers.

He has vowed that the Hawks will oppose bail in all police killing cases. And he said he will enjoy sleeping when the police killings have come to an end.

“The killing of police officers poses a threat to the security of the state and as the Hawks we are determined to end police killings. I want to sensitise all members of the SAPS, Hawks as well as Metro police officers to be ready for action at all times. They must never relax and be caught off guard. When attending to armed robberies, cash in-transit and other dangerous crime scenes it is advisable to call for back-up and approach criminals tactically,” said Ntlemeza.

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