Police ministry condemns latest cop killing

2015-04-04 13:24
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Johannesburg - The police ministry on Saturday condemned the killing of a Gauteng public order policing commander.

"We cannot as a society sit and watch as policemen and women are killed every day. Those who committed these crimes are in our communities and they must be reported," spokesperson Musa Zondi told News24.

He said Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko sent condolences to the officer's family.

The colonel was found stabbed to death in Turffontein on Friday night. His name could not be disclosed as his family was still being notified of his death.

The ministry called for the courts to take strong action against the perpetrators.

"Stronger action [needs to be taken] by the courts from an investigative side, to find that those responsible stay in prison for a very long time," Zondi said.

An emotional Colonel Noxolo Kweza told News24 on earlier on Saturday that the officer's body was discovered by passers-by along a street late on Friday night, who then alerted police.

He was in plain clothes. She could not say whether he had been robbed.

"We were alerted by members of the community who called the police after they saw a man lying in the street. When we got there we saw him, he was one of us, we know him."

Kweza said the officer was not killed near a McDonalds outlet as previously reported.

"It was not near a McDonalds that it not true, it was far from where he was."

She did not confirm social media reports of the slain officer's identity.

On Sunday, a gang shot at police officers on the N3 highway near Modderfontein.

One police officer died instantly, while another died later in hospital. A third is in a stable condition in hospital.

The following day on Monday a gang inside a truck shot at officers in Kempton Park. One officer was seriously injured.

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