Premier warns against police attacks

Premier Thandi Modise says community members should not be taking the law into their own hands.

Premier Thandi Modise says community members should not be taking the law into their own hands. Picture: EWN.

KLERKSDORP - North West premier Thandi Modise on Saturday warned there would be no sympathy for people who attack police officers.

Modise was reacting to news that a taxi driver stabbed an officer in Klerksdorp on Saturday.

This is after the driver was pulled over for committing a number of traffic offences.

Police spokesperson Thulane Ngubane said, "The taxi driver got to the officer and stabbed him in the back. The officer took out his firearm and shot a warning shot in the air but the driver did not retreat as he advanced to stab him again."

The officer then allegedly shot the driver in the chest.

The two were taken to hospitals in the area.

Ngubane said two cases of attempted murder were opened.

Modise said members of the public can not undermine law enforcement officers, despite a recent incident of alleged police brutality.

Recently, Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia died in police custody in Daveyton on the East Rand after he was handcuffed behind a police van and dragged behind it.

A video recording of the incident went viral globally.

Last week, a court interpreter, Morgan Motlala from Mmabatho, was also allegedly dragged behind a police van after he tried to help a teenager whom he thought was being bullied by police.

Modise said, "Those who choose to undermine law enforcement officers and attack police officers thinking that their actions will be justifiable in the light of the criticism on police brutality should not expect any sympathy from the public."

The premier also told policemen and women not to cower in the face of unwarranted attacks on them.

To view a report on Morgan Motlala's dragging incident click here

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visits Mido Macia's family - click here