Minister concerned by ‘slaughtering of police officers’

Police killings in CT & JHB this week brings to 52 the number of cops killed this year alone.

FILE: 76 police officers killed in the line of duty were honoured at an annual police memorial in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko on Thursday said he's deeply concerned with what he's termed the slaughter of the country's police officers.

Three police officers have been murdered this week in separate incidents in Gauteng and the Western Cape, bringing to 52 the number of police deaths this year.

A Hawks official was stabbed to death in Cape Town on Wednesday, a constable was killed in a shootout in Vosloorus later that day, and another constable was gunned down in Temba on Thursday morning.

Nhleko said society cannot stand by and watch the slaughter of those supposed to be protectors and has called on communities to help the authorities track down cop killers.

The police's Vishnu Naidoo said measures have been put in place to better protect their members.

"We improved on our tactical training, we implore on our members to use their bullet resistant vests. We also send out regular communications to our members so they take the necessary precautions as they're expected to."

A suspect arrested in connection with the cop killing in Temba is expected in court today while two men arrested for the Cape Town cop killing will also appear.