Cop killings an 'urgent matter'

Five police officers have been killed around the country over the last week.

FILE: Five police officers have been killed in the country in less than a week. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says it's worrying police killings continue to increase.

Five police officers have been killed in the country in less than a week.

In the latest incidents, three officers were gunned down in separate attacks in Cape Town on Monday.

Two officers were gunned down in Nyanga and a third off-duty official was murdered in Mfuleni, all a few hours apart.

The two officers in Nyanga were shot and killed inside their police vehicle.

It's understood they were waiting for backup after tracking down a hijacked vehicle when the attack took place.

The ISS's Johan Burger says, "What is worrying is that suddenly we seem find an increase in police killings. This certainly looks like something has seriously gone wrong in terms of efforts put in place to protect our officers."

At the same time, concerns around police murders will be raised when national South African Police Service (SAPS) officials meet with the parliamentary police portfolio committee.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman says it's an urgent matter that needs to be addressed.

"The portfolio committee with engage with top management of the SAPS and surely we will put that on the table."

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says the Hawks and a team of crime intelligent officers are investigating the murders.


Meanwhile, Western Cape police have offered a R100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the killers.

Lamoer says, "A reward of R100,000 is there. If anybody that can come forward with some information, we will really appreciate that."

Lamoer says he's disappointed that the Nyanga community, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, has been robbed of two officers who died in the line of duty.