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Gauteng Safety MEC to visit families of slain officers

SAPS management has condemned the killing of two officers yesterday.

FILE: SAPS management has condemned the killing of two officers yesterday.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane is expected to visit today the families of two police officers who were killed in the past 48 hours.

A Laudium police officer who was off duty on Friday night was shot dead in Atteridgeville.

He was attacked by four men who randomly opened fire.

In a separate incident criminals opened fire on police officers in Hillbrow, killing one and wounding another.

Nkosi-Malobane says she is extremely angry and has given a stern warning to criminals that officers will not hesitate to defend themselves.

"You don't have to kill innocent policemen. Even though some may be involved in criminal activities, you don't have to kill them. The issue of killing policemen is nonsense."

She says criminals are now provoking officers.

"It's up to the community now to make sure that they work together and protect officers from being killed by senseless killers."

The officer who was killed in Atteridgeville leaves behind a pregnant wife who is expecting twins.

Over 56 police officers have been killed around the country since January.