MEC urges KZN police to defend themselves

2017-06-14 06:03

THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, has called on the police not to hesitate defending themselves when they come under attack by armed criminals.

Kaunda said this during a visit to the home of the slain Warrant Officer Ndabenhle Zwane, who was killed in a shoot-out with criminals who were attempting to rob an ATM in Hammarsdale.

Eight suspects died and six high calibre firearms were recovered. Kaunda said police have a legal and Constitutional duty to defend themselves and innocent civilians when they come under attack.

“You have been trained and you must use your skills and capabilities in defending yourselves when your lives are in danger.

“In this incident I would like to applaud the police for their proactive reaction which prevented possible injuries to members of the public. Your heroic action proved beyond reasonable doubt that you capable outshining the criminals.

“Our message is clear to criminals, our police are duty-bound to defend themselves when they come under attack and criminals should expect nothing less,” said Kaunda. Kaunda urged the community to work with the police and assist in providing intelligence and information on possible threats.

He also described Zwane as a hero, who died defending people and urged the police to stand firm and united in fighting criminals.

“Police must not be shaken by these incidents. They must never surrender to criminals. They have clearly declared war against us and we must fight back,” said Kaunda.

A total of five police officers have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal since beginning of this year - two killed in the line of duty and three killed off duty.

Kaunda calls on all people of KwaZulu-Natal to join the campaign against police killing.

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