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Slain N2 cop 'tried in vain' to call police for help

WC safety dept says if these claims are true, it warrants strong action against the police.

Police officials and forensic experts leave the scene where a police officer was attacked and stabbed to death while on his way to work on the N2 on 29 July 2015. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department has called on the police's top brass to investigate claims that a slain Hawks official repeatedly tried to contact police for help after he was attacked on the N2 highway.

Warrant officer Petrus Holz apparently tried in vain to alert police.

Holz (50) was stabbed to death last week after stopping on the side of the highway near the Baden Powell offramp to change two flat tyres.

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

The department's Ewald Botha said the allegations are serious.

"If any truth is behind any of the claims that police failed to act, it warrants strong act of disciplinary action and managerial intervention from the SAPS management to ensure that the same service failure is not repeated."

EMALAHLENI

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 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 week.

LISTEN: Brigadier Vish Naidoo speaks to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about a report that has revealed 54 South African Police Service members have been killed since the beginning of this year, an increase by over 10% on the same period last year.

PHIYEGA CALLS ON OFFICERS 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.

The 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.

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