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Cop stabbed to death at Emalahleni taxi rank

It’s understood the officer, who is a detective, was stabbed to death yesterday while he was off duty.

FILE: Police say the motive for the killing is still unknown. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - Emalahleni police have confirmed that one of their own has been killed at a taxi rank in the area.

It's understood the officer, who is a detective, was stabbed to death yesterday while he was off duty.

Police say the motive for the killing is still unknown.

Police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said, "He had a visible injury on his head and we have opened a case of murder, which we are investigating."

The latest cop killing comes after three Gauteng law enforcement officers were shot and wounded in separate crimes in the last 24 hours.

COPS KILLED OR INJURED

On Friday morning an officer was gunned down in Jeppestown in a shootout.

It's understood officers were conducting a random stop-and-search of a vehicle when they came under attack; one cop was shot and killed.

Five suspects were arrested within hours of the police officer being gunned down in Jeppestown, while five firearms including an AK47 assault rifle were seized.

On Wednesday, in another incident, an officer was shot and wounded near Mthatha.

Eastern Cape police then launched a manhunt for the men who attacked and shot him.

The warrant officer was recovering in hospital after he was wounded while on patrol.

At the same time, Warrant officer Petrus Holz, 50, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Wednesday morning after stopping on the side of the highway to change two flat tyres on the N2 highway in Cape Town..

Several people were taken in for questioning, but Western Cape police chief Thembisile Patekile confirmed two suspects were arrested and charged.

PHIYEGA CALLS ON OFFICER TO BE VIGILANT

On Saturday, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega urged members to work closely with their colleagues and to watch each other's back when faced with brazen criminals who have demonstrated they won't hesitate to kill cops.

The Commissioner was reacting to the latest police killings which by then had brought to 53 the number of police officers that have been killed since January.

Phiyega said police officers must use their radios, give each other back-up and be aware of their surroundings when entering dangerous situations.

The police's Vish Naidoo said, "Ensuring that they call for necessary backup when they know that the situation that they are approaching is not just potentially dangerous, but also life-threatening. We're continuously educating our members to treat every situation as life-threatening."

Naidoo said the cases against several suspected cop killers are being prioritised.

He says police are working tirelessly on several recent cases.

"Suspects were arrested in a killing of a police officer in Temba. There were two suspects involved in that, one suspect was shot on the scene and the second suspect was arrested. Arrests were made also for the killing of the police officer in the Western Cape."

Naidoo said there should be stronger condemnation of these callous crimes.

The police commissioner said she was horrified by the latest increase of police killings and urged every man and woman in blue to treat every situation as potentially life-threatening.

Phiyega said personal safety is controlled by the individual members, who must employ their training and equipment and work closely with their colleagues while on duty.