Public urged to join vigil for slain officers

Acting chief of police Jabu Mapiyeye says the message tonight is that cop killings must stop.

Acting Cheif of police Jabu Mapiyeye says the message tonight is simply the cop killings must stop. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the public have joined hundreds of men and women in blue outside the Johannesburg Central Police Station tonight for a vigil in protest against the recent increase in police killings in Gauteng.

The vigil will be led by Crime Line together with Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.

Eight officers have been killed in Gauteng and the Western Cape in the last two weeks alone while in the line of duty.

Acting Chief of Police Jabu Mapiyeye says the message tonight is simply cop killings must stop.

"Metro police including Saps must not give up. Further, those criminals must know there is no place for them to hide."

Earlier, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said communities play a major role in helping the authorities' combat crime and reducing the number of police officers killed.

The union addressed the media in Johannesburg on its suggestion to ensure the safety of their members.

Nearly 60 police officers have been murdered since January.

Popcru President Nathi Theledi said there needs to be an urgent national campaign to address police killings.