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GP safety MEC slams poor response to cop killings

Nkosi-Malobane says she’s shocked by the poor response from the public in condemning the cop killings.

Six officer's including a metro cop have been killed bringing the number of officers murdered since January to 54. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says she is shocked by what she calls the poor response from the public in condemning the recent increase in police killings.

She has addressed the provincial legislature questioning the media's coverage of these killings.

In just the past week six officer's including a metro cop have been killed bringing the number of officers murdered since January to 54.

Nkosi-Malobane says this must stop.

"Are we so immune to the killings that they don't warrant public condemnation? Have we done enough to show support? I don't think so. Common sense dictates that there should have been an unprecedented outcry from society."

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Nkosi-Malobane says she will do everything possible on a political level to ensure the killing of police officers comes to an end.

Yesterday, she accompanied President Jacob Zuma to meet the family of slain Johannesburg Metro Police Department officer Simon Mabatamela at their home on the East Rand.

The MEC says criminals cannot hold the police service at ransom threatening their lives.

"We cannot afford to fold our arms while these criminals kill our law enforcement officers. We need to mobilise and condemn these attacks."

Meanwhile, Zuma has said the recent spate of police killings has reopened the debate in government on whether South Africa should be a gun free country.

He was shot dead while stumbling across a robbery in progress at the Junction Mall in Rosettenville.

Six police officers were murdered, bringing to 54 the number of police officers murdered since since January.