Phiyega laments cop killings

2012-07-10 14:00

Johannesburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega on Tuesday lamented the slaying of five police officers since she took office less than a month ago.

"One slain police officer is one too many," Phiyega said at a ceremony in Johannesburg to mark five years since the start of Crime Line, the anonymous tip-off service.

She said she spent time over the past weekend with a family in the Eastern Cape whose policeman son had been killed. He was shot while trying to make an arrest.

"It gave me a different picture of the seriousness the police are facing with police killings."

She was convinced South Africans wanted to be part of the fight against crime and saw that communities were willing to help the police.

Initiatives such as Crime Line, and the police's Crime Stop, were ways people could stop crime, she said.

Phiyega was appointed on June 12, after her predecessor Bheki Cele was "released" during a controversy over a lease for new police office space.


Earlier, Crime Line co-founder Yusuf Abramjee said: "We need more tip-offs in the community, we need more arrests."

The system had contributed to the arrests of criminals wanted for crimes such as bombing ATMs, possessing illegal firearms and ammunition, and making illegal electricity connections.

Escapee Bongani Moyo was apprehended as a result of an anonymous tip-off, he said.

At least 16 800 illegal connections and acts of meter tampering had been thwarted in co-operation with Eskom's "Operation Khanyisa" initiative.

Eighty percent of the tip-offs were drug-related, Abramjee said.

"We need to all unite further and fight the scourge because this evil of drugs is eating right through our community."

He appealed to Phiyega to reintroduce specialised units to clamp down on drugs.

Also present were Minister of Planning in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

  • jackson.harrison.752 - 2012-07-10 14:10

    These Police killings are disgraceful but 90% of them are there own fault, when you have wild untrained animals instead of highly trained men and women wearing the uniform what can u expect? The SAPS is a disgrace, there is virtually no discipline amongst most of its members, they do not have a love for the job but a love for the pay cheque, retrain all the lower ranked members, put them through really tough physical training and we will see how many are left, very few. I just feel sorry for the really good cops who love the job, it must be torture for them

      Godfrey - 2012-07-10 14:24

      Agree, but as the old saying goes ' a fish rot from the head'. Clear out the bad apples and restore pride in wearing the uniform.

      whoowhoohoo - 2012-07-10 14:37

      SPOT ON !!!

  • bongani.gwexe - 2012-07-10 14:22

    I would have a appreciated a full statistics in the matter, how many calls made, how many arrest from that, which province was leading, are these tip offs from townships or suburbs, and etc

  • Aaron - 2012-07-10 14:25

    While I respect the new police commissioner for lamenting fallen police officers, does she have anything more concrete after a month in office other than that she "now has a different picture" and that she's "convinced" that South African's want to fight crime. I'm sorry, but I beginning to be dreadfully afraid that this is another totally ineffectual appointment at a critical time in an institution that really needs decisive leadership. Maybe there's some truth to the theory that the ANC does not want a strong police commissioner...

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-07-10 14:41

    In the first month into office General Cele initiated a "shoot to kill" or "fire with fire" policy. Furthere more he made sure there were no more "no go areas" in all the gang infested areas. We were also starting to see a downward trend on violent crimes especially those that are targeted on police. Thanks to the neoliberals for removing him and now we are back to square one! Take away nothing from Ria Phiyega but we cannot put our trust on the hands of a social worker and a philantropist who has never seen violent crime first hand!

  • lucky.luck.98 - 2012-07-10 14:46

    You cannot fight a crime while u sitting in the office you must go to the most lower ranks from a captain down.those are the people who can help in street.the people who can help with the crime are not look after.

  • cecilhstephens - 2012-07-10 14:50

    Stop crime and kill a multi billion rand ANC tax collection system for every thing that goes with combating crime including 14% tax on all Insurance Companies ,Staff, Vehicles and Maintenance, Armed response Companies and as well, and dont forget 14% tax on all the items that need to be replaced, Great way to fill the tax coffers

      solomontja - 2012-07-10 15:12

      and how did you move from police killing to tax or the ANC for that matter???

  • Hemlock - 2012-07-10 15:28

    One innocent citizen is also ONE TOO MANY!

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-07-10 15:40

    Illegal electricity connection? shame on,with mere S.A police offiicers... Eskom employee they get enough danger allows. What abt danger allows of R400. Thats insultation.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-07-10 15:40

    Illegal electricity connection? shame on,with mere S.A police offiicers... Eskom employee they get enough danger allows. What abt danger allows of R400. Thats insultation.

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2012-07-10 15:51

    maybe if the cops were honest the public would be less inclined to want to kill them. i guess a few literate cops would help as well

  • simonehall89 - 2012-07-10 16:28

    The amount of 'people' out there who stride around in the blue uniform have absolutely no face value of what the badge means. They oversee serious criminal acts and some even laugh and joke and go so low as mock others (have witnessed it all) Agreed there are those very FEW who love protecting the people of South Africa and who respect their job and then there are some who do it for money with that they grow a huge amount of arrogance and feel they can do ANYTHING and get away with it (most of them do). Everyday there is more and more and more crime that is not getting solved another baby getting raped and the case just being slammed on a police officers desk along with all the rest yet you look outside your window and you see a cop casually cruising in the cop van not a care in the world. If the cops show they are helping people in this country and not back stabbing each and everyone one of us respect from civilians will be shown. simple.

  • Issa - 2012-07-16 16:10

    In other African countries you can not hear stories of a police man/woman to have been killed by either community or an individual. South Africa - lacks the culture of respect of humanity, our cultures too do contribute to the woes we face in our communities. For example differences in colour alone I have witnessed that a white cop will have no mercy on black law breaker and vise verse. The cops themselve at one time do disagree and shoot each other due to petty issues. Over working and less salary they are living a stressed life and corruption is the only alternative. They (COPS) are our sons, our daughters, sisters, our cousins and relatives, why kill them? And to you (COPS) please behave and be disciplined work to assist and things will come rite very soon.

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