We will get you, deputy police minister warns cop killers

2015-08-07 16:48
Police pallbearers carry the flag-draped coffin of WO Petrus Holz after a service at the NG kerk Hottentots Holland in Somerset West.  (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Police pallbearers carry the flag-draped coffin of WO Petrus Holz after a service at the NG kerk Hottentots Holland in Somerset West. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Killing a police officer must be regarded as one of the two most serious criminal offences, Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu said on Friday.

She was speaking at the funeral of Warrant Officer Petrus Holz, 52, who was stabbed to death on the N2 near the Makhaza turn-off last week while changing a tyre.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, acting head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza and provincial police commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile were among the top brass at the service.

Mourners nodded and murmured their agreement when Sotyu said the murder of police members, as well as the killing of children, women and the elderly, were most reprehensible.

"You kill a police officer, you destroy the stability of a country," she said. 

These crimes, Sotyu continued, were destroying South Africa's moral fibre.

"These offenders do not deserve bail or a fine. They deserve a prioritised court with a maximum sentencing outcome if found guilty."

Cop killers were more brazen than ever before, Sotyu said. 

"They think killing a police officer makes them a hero. You are not a hero. You are a criminal. We will get you."

Fifty-five police officers have already been killed this year with the majority losing their lives in the Western Cape and Gauteng respectively.

Sotya said that this the attacks had led to distrust between the authorities and the communities they served.

"We must work together or we might find ourselves in a scenario of us versus them. Mentally, our police members will become more suspicious of the citizens they serve."

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