SAPS union calls for security of police officers

2017-02-24 06:00

THE federation of Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) is calling for the protection of police officers when they respond to crime scenes.
The Eastern Cape Popcru provincial chairperson, Loyiso Mdingi, condemned the recent murder of Constable Siyabulela Qwanti (28), who was shot dead while responding to a crime at Katkop near Mount Fletcher on 9 February.

Qwanti and seven police members were searching for illegal firearms in the home of a local man.
“Police were tipped off that the man had an illegal firearm. When police knocked on his door he opened fire and injured two officers. Other officers returned fire and the man was killed instantly,” said SAPS spokesperson, Raphael Motloung.

An illegal firearm Z88, 23 cartridges and projectiles were found in the house.
Qwanti was rushed to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha and later died. Another 27-year-old constable was injured and taken to Margate Hospital.

Mdingi asked the community to help protect the police. “Community members must identify criminals and work with community policing forums to fight crime. Some police officers are not well equipped to carry out certain duties and government must make sure they are equipped and protected.”

Funeral arrangements are to be announced soon.       


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