Phiyega lauds lengthy sentences for cop killers

2015-06-02 12:51
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega (File, Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega (File, Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

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Pretoria - A total of 86 police officers have been killed in the last financial year, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday, lauding the 21 life sentences recently meted out to three men convicted of murdering policemen.

“Credit must go to the detective officers whose hard work and attention to detail played a crucial role in securing such hefty sentences,'' Phiyega said.

''In the same light, we hope that the families and colleagues of the victims will derive strength from the fact that those who inflicted this painful experience in their lives have been jailed for a long time."

Vukani Ngcobo, Bonginkosi Fundakwezake and Qaphelani Chiyi were sentenced by the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting at Palm Ridge last week, to 21 life sentences, plus 425 years, for a number of murders in 2012.

Constables Lanah Rangani and Geoffrey Matlou, and Sergeant Nkosinathi Mgimeni were shot and killed by the men in 2012, and they stole the policemen's firearms.

The Star reported last week that Matlou and Rangani were murdered in King George Street in Hillbrow on August 15 2012.

Mgimeni was killed on October 3, 2012 in Wanderers Street in the Johannesburg CBD. Philly Baloyi survived that attack, but six other people were also killed.

Phiyega said that in the year 2014/15, nine more police officers were killed than the previous year.

In addition, 1 501 police officers were attacked in 2014/2015, 329 more than the 2013/2014 financial year.

Handing down sentence, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng said the three had used the slain officers’ weapons to kill four taxi drivers and injure two others at Wanderers Street taxi rank on November 20, 2012.

The three were arrested in Kagiso on the West Rand in December 2012 and police recovered all the weapons used in the murders.

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