Cop killings, a societal issue

More than 150 police officials have been attacked since April this year alone.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille visits the home of murdered metro cop, Mpumelelo Xakekile, on 10 October 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said on Monday there have been more than 150 attacks on police officers in the province since April this year.

Three law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in Cape Town, in less than a week.

Last Wednesday senior superintendent Mpumelelo Xakekile was gunned down in Khayelitsha.

Just a few days later, two South African Police Service (SAPS) members, Phindiwe Nikani and her colleague Mandisi Nduku were shot in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.

Lamoer said officials were working under dangerous conditions.

"We want to say to whoever wants to do it, we will take action to arrest and go through the process of prosecution. The work of the police will never stop; we will never be intimidated by anyone."

Crime researcher Steve Tuson said police killings have become a complicated societal issue.

"We want to backup our cops, support them, give them everything - but on the other hand there's such bad press about bad and corrupt cops."

At the weekend, an 18-year-old youth was arrested in connection with the murder of Xakekile.

The youth appeared in court on Monday on a murder charge.

Mpumelelo Xakekile was killed on his wife's birthday.