Concern mounts over shooting of cops
A Metro police official is recovering in hospital after he was shot & wounded in Khayelitsha.
CAPE TOWN - Concern is mounting around Cape Town Metro police officers increasingly being targeted for their firearms.
An officer is recovering in hospital after he was shot at in Khayelitsha on Friday last week.
The officer is the fourth Metro police official targeted this year.
He was ambushed by three assailants who demanded he handover his firearm, which he did not have on his person.
The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says, "He managed to escape. That is the fourth attack on one of our staff members in the last few months and unfortunately the South African Police Service (SAPS) has seen more than that. We do believe there is a level of content or impunity around people where the police services are fair game to criminals."
SAPS COP MURDERS
Three police officials were gunned down earlier this month, two of them in the line of duty.
He said these incidents are worrying.
"Last year I lost 11 police officers in the line of duty. We're already standing at six this year, and it's only June. The question is, when will it stop? It's not as though our officers are not doing what they're supposed to. They do their job."
Lamoer said all three officers' service pistols were stolen when they were killed.
"If you look at the statistics in this province, on average we confiscate about 30 firearms per week. These criminals must get firearms from somewhere and because we're not soft targets, of course they'll kill police officers to get their firearms."