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Public urged to support police

The appeal comes amid a spate of incidents in which officers have been gunned down.

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 - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) on Thursday appealed to communities to help prevent attacks on police and other law-enforcement officials.

Provincial Union leaders made the plea as murder-accused Fabian Fillipus appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court.

The Namibian national is accused of shooting and killing officers Phindiwe Nikani and Mandisi Nduku while the two were patrolling Imizamu Yethu township, in Hout Bay a week ago.

Nikani was pregnant at the time.

The state indicated it would oppose bail when the suspect appears in court next month.

POPCRU's Western Cape Secretary Mcedisi Mbolekwa said, "Obviously if you attack the police, you're attacking the state. If you attack the state you're committing high treason, which is a very serious offense.

"Police are protectors of the community, so the community should then protect the police in return in order for police to execute their duties of securing everyone is South Africa."

The incident in which Nikani and Nduku were murdered was the second in a series of cop shootings in recent weeks.

The first was the shooting of Mpumelelo Xakekile (50), who was killed while issuing a fine to a taxi driver.

He died on his wife's birthday.

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