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‘Cop killings demonstrate the scourge of crime in SA’

President Jacob Zuma was speaking at the national commemoration for police killed the line of duty today.

President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to the almost 60 police officers killed so far this year at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the killing of police officers demonstrates the scourge of crime in South Africa.

Zuma was speaking at the national commemoration for police killed the line of duty at the Union Buildings in Pretoria earlier today.

Family members, relatives as well as colleagues of the deceased laid wreaths in honour of the men and women in blue.

At least 60 police officers have been killed in the past 12 months alone.

Zuma says crime in this country is a harsh reality.

"We thus have to confront the hard reality that crime in South Africa is violent and that criminals in our country do not hesitate to take the life of another human being."

He says the senseless killing of officers is simply unacceptable.

"A total of 63 officers were killed on duty between April 2014 and March 2015. Even the death of one police officer would be one too many."