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‘Politicians should show equal measures of outrage over cop killings’

At least 53 police officers have been killed in the country since the beginning of this year.

FILE: Police officials and forensic experts leave at the scene where a police officer was attacked on the N2 on Wednesday. Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu says politicians should show an equal measure of outrage over the number of cop killings in the country as they do when South African Police Services members are accused of police brutality.

At least 53 police officers have been killed in the country since the beginning of this year.

Today, Sotyu visited the family of one of the latest victims, Petrus Holtz, in the Western Cape.

Fifty-year-old Petrus Holtz was stabbed to death on the N2 highway on Wednesday.

Sotyu visited the family of a slain policeman to pass on her condolences, but before meeting the bereft wife and children she vented.

"I don't hear anything from the political parties condemning what has happened but when a police officer by mistake shoots or kills a member of the community, you'll hear from all corners.. 'Police brutality, police brutality'. Within 24 hour we lost three officers, but you don't hear anything."

Holtz was stabbed to death after he was forced to stop along the N2 highway.

His tyres had been punctured by an obstruction on the road.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of one of the men accused of killing the police officer on the N2 highway believes he's guilty.

Adrian Hendricks and co-accused Xavier Ryan, both in their early 20's, have appeared in the Somerset West Magistrates Court today.

It's alleged they obstructed the highway, causing two flat tyres, and then ambushed, robbed and stabbed Holz to death near Macassar on Wednesday morning.

Sixty-year-old Easterine Hendricks says her grandson has been a 'problem child' ever since he lost his parents at the age of five.

She says it's not hard to believe Hendricks played a part in the attack given his history of aggressive behaviour.

"I'm not unhappy because he committed the deed. He needs to pay for what he did. But my heart is sore for what happened."

The two accused face murder and robbery charges and Hendricks has also been charged with a third count of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

They have applied for legal aid and will remain in custody until their next court appearance on 7 August.