Deal harshly with cop killers - Popcru

2015-08-07 18:09
Nielen de Klerk, News24

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Johannesburg - People who kill police officers need to be dealt with harshly, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said on Friday.

"We will not sit back and watch these criminals take over our streets," the union said in a statement.

"We will not sit back and watch our members being killed on a daily basis. We will not sit back and watch our communities being overtaken by criminal elements.

"Many of our members leave behind widows and orphaned children. Most continue to worry as to whether their husbands and wives will return home after work. 

"These killers need to be dealt with harshly in order to send a message that killing a cop is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

It said the "easy access" to guns was a big contributor to levels of crime, and the murder of police officers. 

"We need to work together in breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty, [gangsterism] and substance abuse. These normally lead to a life of crime," it said. 

Popcru said it was distraught over the recent spate of police killings. 

Western Cape police said on Friday morning that a 52-year-old off-duty policeman was shot in the face at a Mitchell’s Plain car wash on Thursday afternoon.

He was still in hospital. 

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu said the killing of a police officer was one of the most serious criminal offences.

Sotyu was speaking at the funeral of Warrant Officer Petrus Holz, 52, on Friday.

Holz was stabbed to death on the N2 near the Makhaza turn off last week while changing a tyre.

"You kill a police officer, you destroy the stability of a country," she said. 

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, acting head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza and Western Cape police commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile were among the top brass at the service.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma visited a gathering of families of slain police officers.

He said a serious discussion was needed on the laws governing guns in South Africa.

"You have a situation where the protectors of our citizens, the police, are... target number one," said Zuma. 

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