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Stop criticising cops publicly - Mthethwa

Nathi Mthethwa says police need all the support they can get from society and politicians.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has slammed the Western Cape's political leaders for heaping criticism on the South African Police Service (Saps) and not giving them enough support.

His comments come after two officers were gunned down in separate incidents in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on Sunday night.

Over the past few weeks six officers have been killed across Cape Town.

Mthethwa believes ongoing political attacks against the integrity of the Saps have weakened the police in the eyes of society.

"If you keep blaming the police, making them look useless to the face of the public, you are opening them up for possible attacks."

He says the service lacks the support it needs from the DA-led government.

"Whether it's the premier or the MEC there have never been positive things coming from them."

In 2012, Premier Helen Zille set up a commission of inquiry to investigate claims of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

She has also called for the army to be deployed to deal with gangsterism on the Cape Flats.

Over 30 people, including children, have been killed in gang violence in recent months.

Mthethwa has taken Zille to court in a bid to block the inquiry from going ahead.

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