‘Make killing cops treason’

2016-03-01 06:00

THE province’s political head for safety and security has called for tougher punishment for those who kill or injure police officers.

Speaking on Friday evening at the Sibiya Casino Durban, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu called for “best legal remedy” to ensure that those responsible for murdering and maiming police get the toughest possible punishment.

Mchunu made the statement at the MEC’s Community and Police Service Excellence Awards which recognise police and community “crimefighters”.

“The work being done by the people we are celebrating today has now become very dangerous as heartless criminals continue to target the people that we hold so dear in our hearts.

“These continued attacks pose a serious challenge to our safety and to the stability of the province. Police are one of the most important machinery of the state,” he said.

He said attacks on the police should be “treated as an act of treason”.

Among those receiving awards was Sergeant Jabu P Jojisa, who survived an attack by criminals while in Inanda to serve a protection order.

Jojisa was serving an order when three suspects overpowered her and her team, took their pistols, stripped them of their uniforms and locked them in the back of the police van.

During the awards ceremony, she was recognized for bravery and commitment to serve “under dangerous and life threatening conditions”.

Others recognised included Nkosinathi Mkhwanazi, chairperson of Phongolo Community Youth Desk for being the “Most Exemplary Youth Leader”.

Ladysmith mayor, Vincent Madlala, was recognised for being the “Most Exemplary Community Leader in Resolving Taxi Violence” while Hebert Ngcamphalala, Speaker of Phongolo municipality, was recognised for being the “Most Exemplary Community Leader in Crime Fighting and Community Safety”.

In the taxi industry, Boy Zondi, national deputy president of Santaco and KZN chairperson, received a special award in recognition of his work to professionalise the taxi industry.

— The Witness

Police are one of the most important machinery of the state and attacks on the police should be treated as an act of treason.

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