'Find solutions to stop cop killings'

2013-07-23 14:27

Cape Town - The murder of a police officer in Nyanga, Cape Town, was condemned by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Tuesday.

The union wanted the SA Police Service to find practical solutions to stop attacks on officers, spokesperson Theto Mahlakoana said.

"Our communities, such as the Cape Flats where the two flying squad members were ambushed last night [Monday], are the ones who are in desperate need of the protection offered by the police," she said.

People should therefore help with any information they had to bring those responsible to book.

A policeman was shot dead and another was wounded while on patrol in Nyanga on Monday night. Two men shot the officer in the head as he and his partner were getting out of their police car, at the corner of Zwelitsha and Hlathe roads, to search them, Captain Frederick van Wyk said. He died in hospital.

The other policeman was wounded in the hand and shoulder in an exchange of fire with the two gunmen. Two members of the public were also wounded in the crossfire and taken to hospital, said Van Wyk.

"Several shots were fired and SA Police Service members returned fire as the suspects fled the scene on foot."

The men stole a service pistol from one of the policemen before fleeing. No arrests had been made.

"This attack on police officers will not be tolerated and every endeavour will be made to bring those responsible to book," Van Wyk said.

  • Abanya Way - 2013-07-23 14:36

    Here's an idea ... let the police start doing the work they were trained to do; things like, patrols, arrests, law enforcement etc. instead of spending their time garnishing their salaries by taking bribes and running illegal drug syndicates. That way there would be less criminals on the streets and more respect from the law abiding public so when a cop DOES get shot they might get some sympathy.

      jerhone - 2013-07-23 18:49

      don't forget shopping during office hours

      Florence Booi - 2013-07-30 08:13

      @ Abanya Thank you well said

      Voelgerus Diego - 2013-08-29 11:19

      Common sense Abanya. This is a good place to start. But there are good hardworking cops in the police force as well. The problem is when bad cops are targeted we have the unions crying foul. All the problems seem to go back to the labor relations act. We need the political will to deal firmly with this. The police cannot even fire the couple of thousand cops with CRIMINAL RECORDS.

      Eunice de Kock - 2013-08-29 13:45

      I like u!

  • Abram Russel Baloyi - 2013-07-23 14:39

    I don't think we have police in this country, do they really train in those colleges they go to.many can't drive, some can't use a firearm what is wrong with this organization

      jerhone - 2013-07-23 18:54

      the police force are a bunch of woosies where in the world are police stations guarded by security companies this country must be the laughing stock of police forces worldwide

  • John Tex - 2013-07-23 14:40

    New name for SAPS ama chappies

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-23 14:41

    And when will cops stop killing and raping the people of South africa?

  • John Tex - 2013-07-23 14:42

    AMA chappies unit

  • Rax - 2013-07-23 14:45

    how about the police stop raping women, accepting bribes and actually doing the proper job that they were trained to do and not just drive around all day. . .

  • Makaveli Amaru Shakur - 2013-07-23 14:56

    While you are at it,please find solution to police brutality & corrupt cops.

  • RenĂ© Ackermann - 2013-07-23 14:56

    They need to find a lot more solutions than just towards cop killings

  • Ebrahim Khan - 2013-07-23 15:13

    Our justice system is the biggest let down, STOP employing criminals who terrorise communities .no more early pardons. bring back the death penalty and guess what, stop killings for all south africans not only cops.

      Mathemba Memela - 2013-07-24 19:21

      I second u Khan, Plz say that again louder

  • Mandy Pepler - 2013-07-23 15:17

    While you at it find solutions to crime and corruption in general

  • No.You're a handbag - 2013-07-23 15:17

    While you're at it, find solutions to stop cops raping, end police corruption and get them some training!

  • Schalk W Burger - 2013-07-23 15:18

    I think that if the police clean up their act them more of the population will back them up but I said it a few time is the past that as long as the police dont take out the rubbish, corrupt cops there are going to be police killed. Then get the murders that attack and murder people in their own homes and hang them or lock them up where they will never see the sun again. No human rights then because they have decided they don't want it by killing and rapeing.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-23 15:29

    The words 'no arrests have been made' have a very ominous ring to them and I think there are many more cases with no arrests than with arrests.

  • Nasiefa Jackson Lazarus - 2013-07-23 15:29

    Find a solution to stop making them so corrupt !!!!!

  • Hemlock - 2013-07-23 15:32

    Don't you mean find a solutions to stop cops killing?

      jerhone - 2013-07-23 18:58

      there is a solution, let those in parliament stand in front of the bullets

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-07-23 16:00

    While you are at it, also try to stop the killing of white farmers please!

      Kelvin De Beer - 2013-07-23 16:27

      Hendrik its time we tell each other the truth farmers I think some get killed because they treat their workers like rubbish.I have seen some good farmers bn saved by their we treat ppl always comes back to us.we need to change our mentality as well.

  • Kelvin De Beer - 2013-07-23 16:12

    I must say yes the killings has to stop.there is still good cops n hardworking 1s n thanks to them.there's also bad 1s what I have seen from them laterly its unacceptable they beat up ppl for no reason.I saw 1 slapping a lady n I hated it.what kind of a man beats up a woman?ppl are starting to be fed up.advice to the minister get rid of those cops who think they are above the law.they misuse the cars,weapons etc

      jerhone - 2013-07-23 19:08

      to KEVIN if your boss treats you like rubbish would you stay on? won't you just resign? or would you kill him brutaly, most of the farm killings had nothing to do with treating their workers badly, even if it was what had the wives and children to do with it? surely you should just kill the one who has treated you bad, lets not even mention the way these women and children were killed it was in true barbaric fashion

  • Elkita Robbertse - 2013-07-23 16:13

    First you must stop police corruption and torture and then a solution to stop them getting killed.

  • David Luis - 2013-07-23 16:16

    How about finding solutions to stop citizens from being killed?

  • Jane Brown - 2013-07-23 16:33

    Our police have lost the respect of the very communities they are supposed to be protecting. People see them as bullies and criminals. Our police force needs to be trained properly and they need to regain a sense of pride in their work in order to regain our support and trust.

  • Marlene Black - 2013-07-23 16:53

    Find solutions to stop the murder if the people. How about we start there.

  • Sizwe Shushu - 2013-07-23 17:24

    Eye for an Eye:Cops were trained to shoot to kill,so i guess criminals wil alwyz be a step-ahead cuz they knw wat danger await them,wat abt cops who kill innocent ppl?these cops just appear to be seen as bein on the advntage by wearin a uniform n upholding the law#sum are wearin the wrong uniform...

  • Steven Melville Armour - 2013-07-23 17:42

    Start shooting back.Make sure the person can use the firearm and defend yourself.If they shoot at you shhot back.

      jerhone - 2013-07-23 19:12

      yes and stop selling your weapons now it's come back to bite you in the ar*se dumbsh*ts

  • Don Quioxte - 2013-07-24 07:47

    Better trained cops.

  • Delene Tammadge - 2013-07-24 10:11

    what about the FARM KILLINGS

  • Braam De Klerk - 2013-07-29 10:50

    This is truly sad, and the fact that our officers are gunned down shows that the Criminals are not scared of our justice system. When they get arrested what happens? they get a meal 3 times a day, a place to sleep, drugs money and who knows what else. IN my opinion i honestly think we need to bring the Death Penalty back. it will definitely get our prisons to not be over populated, the fear of killing and committing terrible crimes will be reinstated in people. "On an other unrelated subject why do we still hear about Cops who take the law into their own hands, arresting people for so called driving under the influances then beating them and misusing their power, it is so SAD when you are walking down a road see a Police officer you do not feel save anymore. And it is a hand full of them who makes the rest look like bullies. Safe our Cops, help them help us, maybe that way the corrupt bunch will change their views back to the way they use to. The police are here to protect and serve and respect is a 2 way street."

  • Clint Baron - 2014-08-17 18:03

    The problem with the men in uniform is this... They have taken from the criminal for so long and want more. Personally i dont think theres more to take or more to want, hence the killing of police people. One can argue that the people in uniform dont get paid enough, they work long hours, but that still is noit areason to take from the criminals you are suppose to put behind bars. The other other reason is that because they (the people in uniform) know where their bread is buttered, they dont give a F;';'@#5k about enforing the law, hence another problem we have, no one respects the law. & most frustrating is the foreigners get away with bribery, murder & corruption, why beacuase they a free meal tickets. and thenthere is the ratio thing, or as our goverment call it a quoter. the rationis just not right. I believ that if the ratio was right male to female, white to black, to cloured to indian. Imagine .... A flying squad car arriving a crime scene, in the car is a Black officier, A Coloured Officier, A White Officier & and an Indian Officier. Now looking at that 4 peoiple do you honestly think that all 4 of them will be open to bribery? I dont think so. Our Justice system is a joke. You probaly will spend more time in jail for not payonmg your traffic fines or debt that you would for litterally commiting a crime. Society needs to take own of what we have... Dont worry about the people in uinform, if you find some commiting acrime ..... Take them to the peoples court.

  • Kervin Naidoo - 2015-09-08 22:06


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