MEC: Cops must wear their bulletproof vests

Some cops are removing the heavy metal plate inside the vests because it's ‘heavy’ & ‘uncomfortable’.

FILE: A member of the Saps Tactical Response Team makes his way up some stairs into a hostel during a raid in Bellville's CBD, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says a visit to 10 police stations in the province has revealed most officers are not wearing bulletproof vests as required.

Nkosi-Malobane will be meeting with the South African Policing Union (Sapu) soon to discuss the matter.

Some cops are removing the heavy metal plate inside the vests saying it's extremely heavy and makes it uncomfortable to move.

The MEC says authorities will do everything possible to stop police killings, but officers need to wear their protective gear.

"A bulletproof vest is like a safety belt, you don't wear a safety belt because you don't want to be caught by Metro Police, but because you want to be safe. A new station order has been circulated to emphasise the importance of wearing bulletproof vests."

Nearly 60 police officers have been killed since the start of the year.

WATCH: _The South African Police Service at the weekend held a commemoration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for police officers who died in the line of duty in the past year. _