Nlheko: Most officers are killed on duty
The police minister says better strategies to curb police killings are needed urgently.
CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says most police officers who lost their lives in the past financial year were on duty.
Nhleko says better strategies to curb police killings are needed urgently.
He was delivering a statement in the National Assembly ahead of a debate on police killings this afternoon.
The police minister says those who kill police are trying to undermine the authority of the State.
"Most of the members of the police are killed while on duty. More than two-thirds, in other words 71 percent, of the killings that took place during the last financial year happened when police were responding to calls by the public."
President Jacob Zuma has ordered that a plan be developed and implemented to curb police killings.
Nhleko says, "The killing of one member of the police service is one too many. It deprives society of its capacity to protect and defends itself. As the president has directed, we shall investigate all possible ways of defeating this evil scourge."
He added that just over 45 percent of police killed were attending to complaints.