'SAPS will bring cop killers to book'

Phiyega says cop killings cannot become the norm& members won’t back down against violent criminals.

FILE. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As reports of attacks on members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) continue to gain prominence National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has said she has full confidence that her members are well trained and will bring violent criminals to book.

Phiyega on Friday night joined Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, along with more than 100 officers at a night vigil in support of the police killed in the line of duty.

There's been countrywide outcry with police bosses and unions condemning the killing of eight police officers in Gauteng and the Western Cape over the last two weeks alone.

Phiyega said the public should not be misled, her officers are well trained and they will bring cop killers to book.

"Police in South Africa are well trained; they're respected in the region, they're respected on the continent."

She said police killings cannot become the norm and her members will not back down against violent criminals.

"We're right inside their turf and indeed until they retreat, we're not about to retreat. We will continue taking policing to the people. We will fight crime with everything that we have"

The commissioner said it's only a matter of time before those responsible are caught and there's no place for them to hide.

Phiyega joined Makhura in a call for communities to mobilise against police killings.


Meanwhile in the Western Cape, it's understood police have questioned four suspects in connection with the latest shooting of an officer in Mitchells Plain.

Warrant Officer Herman Prins was shot in the face on Friday afternoon while standing at a carwash at a fuel station in Rocklands.

He was off-duty at the time of the incident.

Mitchells Plain police said four suspects have been taken in for questioning.

They've not been charged and police have not made any arrests yet.

Eyewitness News understands Prins is in a stable condition in hospital.

There have been reports he was shot in front of his granddaughter who was sitting in his car at the time.