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Police bosses to meet over spate of cop killings

The number of officers killed in the line of duty this year has now increased to almost 60.

FILE: In the latest incident in Dobsonville, two detectives were shot dead by a gang in what police are calling a hit. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans could see another gun amnesty period soon as police bosses meet to discuss ways to curb police killings.

The number of officers killed in the line of duty this year has now increased to almost 60.

In the latest incident in Dobsonville, Soweto, two detectives were shot dead by a gang in what police are calling a hit.

Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says the spike in police killings is due, in part, to the number of illegal firearms in local communities.

She'll be meeting with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Friday to discuss, among several issues, the Firearms Control Act.

Nkosi-Malobane says police officers must start wearing their bullet proof vests even if they are working inside police stations.

She is extremely concerned about the high number of officials who are not using their bullet proof vests which is required even if they are only working in police stations.

"Some have said they are too heavy and some have gone to the extent of removing the inner plates to make them lighter. This is worrying."

She has also given instructions to the National Prosecuting Authority to prioritise police killings.

The Soweto shooting took place as the Gauteng Community Safety Department and provincial police bosses brief the media on efforts to combat cop killings.

During the briefing, the Gauteng Safety Department said it was increasing efforts to remove unlicensed firearms from the province.

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