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Popcru condemns attack on police

Popcru has condemned recent attacks against police officers during protests.

FILE: New deployed police from Mpumalanga have arrived to assist with violent protests in Kubjana and Relela near Tzaneen in Limpopo. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Friday condemned the latest attacks on police officers.

Earlier, angry protesters allegedly set a satellite police station alight in Zithobeni in Bronkhorsspruit.

On Tuesday night, five police officers were injured and 19 police vehicles damaged when around 1,500 people, armed with petrol bombs and stones, attacked the Relela satellite police station.

Police officers have been involved in running battles with protesters in Limpopo in the past week during which at least two men were killed, allegedly by the police.

Speaking on the Midday Report, Popcru's General Secretary Nkosinathi Theledi says they are concerned about the safety of the police.

"We are worried about the safety of our members, which is unfortunate. We appreciate people's right to protest at any time but this kind of criminality cannot be condoned. It should be condemned from all angles by the broader society."

Theledi says the recent protests may be linked to the upcoming general elections.

"One would suspect that because we are in the eve of the elections there are those that who are behind this in an attempt to bring about anarchy."

He also called on police officers to do their best to protect South African citizens.

The police have been under attack recently following several incidents of alleged police brutality and critics have called on government to ensure that police are properly trained in crowd control.

Meanwhile, the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry is currently underway in Cape Town.

The commission is investigating allege police inefficiency following an increase in incidents of mob justice.