Govt stance on cop killings welcomed

2011-05-27 11:46

Johannesburg - Popcru on Friday welcomed the hardline stance taken by the Cabinet on the killing of police officers.

"The killings have continued to rob the citizens of human capital... with a Constitutional responsibility to make the citizens safe and secure," Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) general secretary Nkosinathi Theledi said.

"Popcru reiterates its call for all citizens to view policing as a societal responsibility which all must participate in."

The Cabinet expressed its alarm on Thursday at a steady rise in the number of police officers killed by criminals.

It warned that any person found guilty would face the full might of the law.

32 officers slain this year

Earlier this week, the SA Human Rights Commission condemned the killing of police officers in the line of duty, saying it undermined the proper functioning of the criminal justice system.

This year alone, reports indicate an increase in the number of slain officers, with the number standing at 32 dead since January.

Other statistics show that about 109 police officers were killed between 2008 and 2009 while 110 were killed between 2009 and 2010.

On Sunday, two police officers, Warrant Officer Gurswin Matthee and Constable Cannon Cloete, were killed while attending to a crime call in Kraaifontein in the Western Cape.

Three days earlier, Captain Sydney Bongani Hlengwa and Constable Zamikhaya Patrick Hlangulela from Creighton in Durban were killed during a raid.

  • Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-05-27 12:02

    Regrets to the Officers who lost their lives in the course of doing their jobs, not to sound nasty but you chose that line of work. On the other hand SA civillians are being slained on a daily basis - where is the hardline stance from government on this ? Not forthcoming & why not ?

      catij001 - 2011-05-27 13:37

      I totally agree with you. If the police continue to abnuse their powers then they should have a reason to fear for their lives. I have a cousin who is a police officer and if i have to judge all police officers by him - then I do not have much hope for the security and future of this country.

  • Craig44 - 2011-05-27 12:04

    Full Might of the Law.... Ooooh the scumbags are quivering in their boots... BS!!! Until the Gov re-introduces the death sentance and starts executing these scumbags on a regular basis, they will carry on murdering and raping.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-27 12:25

    Fool might of the law.

  • clark - 2011-05-27 12:41

    -So tell us Popcru, will your many thug cops also face the full might of the law ? More importantly; who is going to police the policemen ?

  • apie - 2011-05-27 12:55

    Government, now how about condemning killing of farmers and whites. Roll on ICC.

  • Wow! - 2011-05-27 13:02

    I am very sorry about the slaying of these Police men. It is sad that the people who do the slaying are often seen as "heroes" partly because they live well off ill gotten gains. WE do need all people to assist in the policing exercise. However we in South Africa are staring to gather that "Full might of the law" probably means lets take another cup of tea and think about this.

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-27 13:10

    Nah these killers are from the so called apartheid era. So in 100 years from today they will still be singing the same song, eish! Now suddenly Govt stance on cop killing welcomed, Wow.

  • Peacock - 2011-05-27 13:16

    OMG - face the full might of the law. Ummm They MIGHT just sit on you to stop you getting away. They MIGHT have a heart attack if somebody shoots at them

  • tut - 2011-05-27 13:20

    And Governments stance on farm killings spearheaded by Malema.....?

  • Common_Sense - 2011-05-27 13:24

    What a disgrace!

  • Common_Sense - 2011-05-27 13:27

    What a disgrace!

  • Ingie - 2011-05-27 13:31

    Bring back the death penalty and then all of this will stop. Instead of sitting in jail and getting free meals, accommodation, studying etc they should be killed and thi will stop the from doing such things. Set them free and they will do it again.

  • Babs - 2011-05-27 13:37

    Goverment should catch a wake up! Civillians ARE doing their best to support the police. It is these "criminal rights" morons that need sorting out. They seldom bark when criminals take the lives of officers and civilians in the line of their activities, yet they are all to ready to make an issue when police officers go about doing their jobs. Heart felt sympathies to families of officers and civilians that have lost loved ones, whilst these idiots make excuses for the perpertrators!

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-27 13:37

    AS long as the ANC runs the show everything in South Africa will continue to crumble! There is basically no law in South Africa and murderers are rife! So sad that these scums are totally turning SA into a rubbish dump!

      muso - 2011-05-27 14:13

      The government need to take a firm hand to start with. In a normal society any person who kills a cop you cannot get bail under any circumstances but here it's the opposite.The justice system need to have teeth so that all would be criminals must be scared to commit similar crimes. Do you think telling criminals that full mighty law will be enforced once you are apprehended would scare them? Keep dreaming!!! The solution is very easy and that would be amending the justice system as follows: no bail for murder, rape, possession of illegal guns and armed robbery and should carry a set minimun sentence. This would send a message but for now it's christmas for all criminals in this country. I always wonder why is it so difficult for the government to squeeze the criminals in this country!! Perhaps they should learn from our neighbouring countries what the punishment is against such crimes.

  • SilentGenius - 2011-05-27 13:49

    32 too many Police Officers has died this year alone...but the stance of the Cabinet has not changed as all? It was always known that you will face the full might of the law if you kill anybody! So.... its just again wasted words of the Cabinet...nothing said and nothing done...

  • ThatBoer - 2011-05-27 13:56

    I fully agree and also my condolence to those police families who lost beloved and dear ones. More SA FARMERS are slained than police officers - Malematjie sing and dance his favorite boer song. This is "OK" from goverment view. In fact Malematjie gets the "full might support" from ANC, goverment, etc, etc. Get a wake-up Cele, practice what you preach if you up to it - or is this also apartheids fault after 17 years in the seat..?

  • WHITEPRIDE - 2011-05-27 14:28

    Ok so lets get this right, 32 police officers die in 5 mouths, its a national disaster, war but over 150 farmers have died in the same time period but nothing is said or done about this.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-27 15:03

    And what about the criminal cops? Who rape innocent girls and women? Who beat people without provocation? Will they face the full extent of the law as well? Doubt it. Considering their so called "leader" is a corrupt government puppet himself who has no clue what policing is.

      d.j.brits - 2011-05-30 19:14

      No I doubt it they will get away with murder, yet you defend yourself from criminal police and you get locked up. Thats SA for you....

      James - 2012-05-09 07:04

      No my brother,from experience cops are allowed to harras,assault beat up law abbiding citizens of SA WITHOUT provocation.\nMy wife was 8 weeks pragnant when she was physically beaten and threatend death in our own house.\nShe opened the case with knysna police,bt the case was withdrawn,departmentally,assailant was brought to my wife to make and the misconduct file was close.Why?because she(police)was due for promotion.\nWell when i ask questions,i get myself into guge mathata.Because of that i might be dismissed soon from my work,while i was seek justice for my wife.....

  • James - 2012-05-09 07:39

    I also wish that people should stop killing us(police) so that we can fight crime with confidence together with our communities throughout SA.\nBut could some one tell me how could i fight crime with confidence while my own collque assaulted and threatened death to my 8 weeks pragnant wife.How r we going to work to gether,\nI asked question,i get into trouble,stress and eventually i get major depression.Later im accused of thretening to kill my collique 6 months later.soon i might be dismissed,for what?\nTime my wife was bieng assaulted i was present,with the assailants boyfriend trying to stop the viciouse police woman,wellbuit.In my safe i had my personal gun that i was not even thinking of it.But later im being allerged to have threatened my colliques.This alligation came axctly when my depression was worse,\nThe community which was observing the outragiouse action of my collique,was very good not to attack this police woman who was due for promotion soon, was with drawn,my wife's death thread was not addresed coz she is not a cop...

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