Committee condemns police killings

Over the past 10 days, two officers were killed in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, whose body was found in a field near Wallmansthal. Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police on Friday described the murder of officers as a direct attack on the state.

Over the past 10 days, two officers were killed in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Johannesburg Cluster Commander Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi was buried on Thursday in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

He was found murdered in an open field on 18 June.

The police are offering a R100,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of his killers.

In another incident, a 30-year-old police officer was killed in Lwandle in the Western Cape on Tuesday.

The officer was gunned down while he was on his way home.

Two men were later arrested in connection with the murder.

The recent deaths sparked renewed talks between national law enforcement agencies, aimed at finding measures to curb attacks on members.

The committee's Annelize van Wyk said, "We do need to look at measures to better protect our police officers. The fact that they are killed is an indication of the violence they deal with."