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Police arrest 42 people in 16 cop attack cases

Police commissioners reaffirmed their commitment to curbing cop killings and handcuffing perpetrators.

FILE: Both commissioners will now visit the families of the Moroka police officers to offer their condolences to their families. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say they have arrested 42 people for the attacks on 16 of their members in the province since the beginning of this year.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba reaffirmed their commitment to curbing cop killings and handcuffing the perpetrators of these crimes.

This afternoon, Gauteng police shot and killed two suspects believed to be involved in the murders of two Soweto officers who were gunned down in Dobsonville.

Phiyega says police officers must go back to basics, wear their safety vests and do what they need to do to protect themselves within the lines of the law.

"You cannot die with your gun in your hand. You are also aware that we have taught you that you should not be trigger-happy."

She says police officers have her full support if they act lawfully and must seek help if they are suffering from any kind of psychological stress.

Mothiba says he is angry that police are being targeted for their efforts to keep the streets safe.

"I'm not going to hide it that I'm angry. Gauteng province have brutal killings of our members."

Both commissioners will now visit the families of the Moroka police officers to offer their condolences to their families.

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