'Find solutions to stop cop killings'

2013-07-23 14:27
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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.

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