Popcru slams cop killings

Popcru says the spate of recent police murders is an attack on the country's democracy.

Popcru’s says the murder of police officers has gone beyond mere criminality, and threatens the very foundations South Africa is built on. Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says the spate of recent police murders is an attack on the country's democracy and the perpetrators must be dealt with harshly.

A policeman was shot dead in Jeppestown this morning bringing to four the number of members killed this week alone, and 53 the number murdered since January.

This week, constables died in shootouts with robbers in Tembisa and Vosloorus, while a Hawks official was stabbed to death while changing flat tyres on the M2 highway in Cape Town.

Popcru's Richard Mamabolo says the murder of police officers has gone beyond mere criminality, and threatens the very foundations South Africa is built on.

"It's come to a stage where criminals are undermining police and this undermines our democratic institutions and which are meant to safe keep our country."

The police's Vishnu Naidoo says training was improved following a study of the circumstances in which members were being killed.

Naidoo says criminals cannot be beaten without support from the community.

ISS ATTRIBUTES COP KILLINGS TO INTERNAL STRIFE IN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

Meanwhile, the Institute for Security Studies says violent criminals who are not afraid of the police are flourishing because of internal strife in intelligence services.

It responded to the recent spate of police murders which Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has termed a slaughter.

The institute's Johan Burger says the police's own annual data shows that intelligence reports at police station level dropped a massive 50 percent over the last three years.

Naidoo says police have put measures in place to reduce killings but says the community must play a role.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has welcomed the arrests of several suspected cop killers, adding that the number of police deaths is far too high.