‘Police killings must be regarded as high treason’

State Security Minister says cop killing has accelerated and the ANC feels strongly about it.

FILE: the issues around the training of police officers was also seen as a challenge in terms of how the South African Police Services operates. State Security Minister David Mahlobo.  Picture :Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister David Mhlobo says the African National Congress (ANC) wants the killing of police officers to be regarded as high treason.

Mhlobo along with Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nquakula briefed the media on the outcomes from the Commission of Peace and Security at the ANC's National General Council(NGC) this afternoon.

Mahlobo says the killing of police officers has accelerated and the ANC feels very strongly about this.

"The killing of police actually undermines the authority of our state. They have actually said that they believe the killing police must be regarded as high treason."

At the same time, Mahlobo says the US terror threat was handled well by government and there's no cause for alarm.

Issues around the training of police officers and the influx of foreign or privacy of political companies were also seen as challenges in terms of how the South African Police Services operates.

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Meanwhile, the ANC's NGC has resolved to take a firm stance on access to land for women and former Mkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldiers that fought for the ANC during the struggle for liberation.

The party's Land Reform Commission says access to land for women is still largely patriarchal with a strong dependence on husbands and family members.

The use of South Africa's land for agricultural purposes came into sharp focus during last night's commission where the 50/50 ownership principal for farms was also debated.

The Land Reform Commission chairperson Thoko Didiza says the allocation of land needs to be equitable.

"We say this cannot continue where one part of our society becomes a perpetual minor. The effective clause of equality on our society must be realised in our legislation as well as policy."

She also says the former MK soldiers need to be accommodated by the land reform programme.

"There should be a serious targeting of rural youth and a strong call for those demobilised soldiers of the former MK and other liberation forces who may want to go into agriculture as a career."

On the other hand, Minister of Cooperative Governance Pravin Gordhan says ANC councillors need to be evaluated ahead of the local government elections.

He was briefing the media on the resolutions of delegates in the party's Commission of Local Government.

Gordhan says it's important to see which councillors can be retained in certain communities.

"We constantly review the conditions and the support that councilors receive. I think more and more we recognise that they are in the front line of the interaction with communities, that even if there is a problem that belongs to the national or provincial department, it is your local councilor that has to account and explain."

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