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'Cop killings a serious concern'

Police union Popcru says intervention plans are needed to tackle the problem.

FILE: Police union Popcru says intervention plans are needed to tackle the problem. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Provincial police management says the high number of police killings in the Western Cape is of major concern.

Just last week two policemen were gunned down in separate incidents in Khayelitsha and Nyanga.

A memorial service was held for the Nyanga policeman, Mthetheli Gunya, yesterday.

The officer, who was killed in the line of duty, has been described as a fallen hero and true crime fighter.

Those who worked closely with the 38-year-old detective constable say he stood out, was talented, and dedicated to the job

Colleagues say he died doing what he loved, ensuring criminals are arrested

He was gun downed on Friday night in the township while chasing a suspect.

One person has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Gunya will be laid to rest in the Eastern Cape this weekend.

The police's Hendrick Burger says there are concerns within the force related to officials dying in the line of duty.

"It's a great concern as we don't want to see our members losing their lives in the execution of their duties. Even one is one to many."

At the same time police union Popcru is calling for an intervention.

The union's Francisco Fields says an urgent summit is needed.

"The summit is necessary so we can get ideas from all the stakeholders. That's why I'm calling for it so we can have a real concrete plan on how we going to tackle this."