Urgent meeting called to address cop killings

Gauteng Community Safety MEC will discuss the spate of killings & how police should protect themselves.

FILE. Two police officers were shot dead on Friday night and Saturday morning in separate incidents. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has called an urgent meeting with officers for this afternoon to discuss the spate of police killings in the province and how they should protect themselves.

Two police officers were shot dead on Friday night and Saturday morning in separate incidents.

One Laudium officer was off duty when he was attacked and killed in Atteridgeville while two officers were attacked in Hillbrow while patrolling the area.

One of the officers survived and is in a stable condition in hospital.

Nkosi-Malobane said she's extremely concerned that some officers are not wearing their bulletproof vests while on duty.

"They become easy targets for criminals. From time to time we'll go and check whether they're safe and check whether they're dressed properly in their safety gear."

Nkosi-Malobane said officers need to be trained on how to defend themselves when criminals confront them.

"Some of our officers are scared to respond to some of these criminals when danger approaches them. So, we want to make sure that they are brief. That, this is what you need to do to make sure that you protect yourself from being killed."

The MEC is expecting to visit the bereaved families, including the officer who is still in hospital, this morning.