Phiyega condemns cop killings

Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaking to the media on Thursday 14 June, 2012.Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has condemned the killings of three police officers in Gauteng over the past week, including the two killed during protests at Marikana.

Two policemen were shot dead in Vereeniging on Saturday as they were responding to a hijacking incident.

In a separate incident, a police constable opened fire on a captain in Katlehong during an apparent road rage.

Phiyega said despite the continuous deaths in the force, police continue to put their lives on the line to protect the country.

The commissioner’s spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said, “National police commissioner and the top management of the SAPS are appalled by the killings and attacks taking place against our police officers.”

Meanwhile, a policeman was shot dead in his home in Cape Town.

Yanga Tshefu was sleeping in his home when three gunmen entered his house and shot him.

No arrests have been made.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)