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Public urged to work with police

Gugulethu residents on Saturday marched against attacks on the police.

Demonstrators march from Gugulethu police station to Manenberg police station to protest against attacks on police. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says if the police are not protected then the public is not protected.

Smith was speaking at a march in Gugulethu on Saturday where community members joined police officers and various law enforcement agencies to protest attacks on the police.

The march comes amid increasing reports of violence against police and other law officials.

On Friday, 20-year-old Sandisile Mcapayi was sentenced to 32 years imprisonment for murdering a Metro Police officer.

"If you cannot protect your police service, you cannot protect the public. So it's essential that the police are safe. The community must stand up for the police. When you have information about police attacks, you must come forward."