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Stats: Cop killings decrease

There has been a 13 percent drop in police murders in the 2011/2012 financial year.

Police vehicles. Picture: saps.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - Police management on Thursday said while there has been a decline in police killings, attacks on law enforcement officials remain a serious concern.

There has been an almost 13 percent decrease in police murders in the 2011/2012 financial year.

Management at the South African Police Service (SAPS) said 93 police officers were killed in the past financial year.

Sehlahle Masemola, the Divisional Commissioner of Crime Intelligence in the SAPS, on Thursday said Gauteng had seen the highest number of police murders, making up over 25 percent of the total figure.

Fifteen officers were killed in the Eastern Cape.

The murders of two SAPS members in Hout Bay, Cape Town, at the weekend brought to three - the total number of officials slain in the line of duty in the Western Cape.

Most officers were killed while off-duty.

Masemola said independent research was being conducted to determine trends around cop killings.

Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has vowed nothing will deter the South African Police Service from doing its job.

She was reacting to a recent spate of attacks on police officers in recent days.

Phiyega addressed the police portfolio committee and said, "Arrests have been made, I am depicting that to indicate the challenges we continue to face, the spirit of resilience and the spirit of continuance."