Cops plead with citizens for help

2015-08-27 06:00

In a bid to not only raise awareness but to call for community support, the South African Police Services held night vigils in honour of slain cops on Friday evening.

Three policing clusters namely Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein held separate prayer meeting at the same time.

Outside the Nyanga police station were police officials, residents, members of the neighbourhood watches and community police fora hoisted banners calling for an end to police killings.

Candles were lit as men of the religious leaders called for divine intervention in the area around Ntlangano Street, which was cordoned off for the ceremony.

Deputy police commissioner General Major Hendry Burger called for citizens to support them in order to fight the scourge of police killings.

“It would be extremely difficult to fight crime without the help of the communities that we serve.

A lot of people are committed to a cause as long as they are safe and will not be involved or hurt and this is a problem as we need people to come forward with evidence that can lead to the conviction of people who kill police officers,” said Burger.

He said that more commitment from residents would be a good indication of the appreciation for the men in blue.

“As we go out everyday putting our lives at risk we would love to feel appreciated by those we are protecting,” he said.

Burger added that despite this their efforts and commitment will not deteriorate as they would continue to fight crime.

Martin Makasi, CPF chairperson, lamented the fact that locals were so afraid of testifying against criminals that wrong-doers often walked out of court.

“When we witness crimes and then fail to inform the police, the same violent criminals walk back into our communities.

In one of the cases involving the murder of a police officer we have seen one suspect walk away scot-free as there was a lack of witnesses,” said Makasi.

He urged community members to be resilient in the fight against crime and to support police in the fight against crime.

“We as a community must be very vocal about the fact that there is no place for criminals in our society. Lets help the police so that there can be an end to these killings.”

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