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Popcru: We lost faith in the Police Minister

Popcru says cops are not recognised for the work they do & there’s a growing trend to publicly shame them.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko reports the findings of the 2014/2015 crime stats at Parliament. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said it's troubled by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee's attitude toward the nine provincial commissioners.

The union held its National Executive Committee meeting this weekend.

On the agenda were issues ranging from the investigations into Riah Phiyega, the Krugersdorp four, police killings and the recent student protests.

At least 60 officers have died in the line of duty this year.

Popcru president Zizamele Cebekhulu said officers are not recognised for the work they do and there's a growing trend to publicly shaming police officers.

Cebekhulu said Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has prioritised trying to get rid of Phiyega and he should rather focus on the crisis of police deaths.

"We're dying. We're dying in vain because nobody is looking at our fate but should we do anything wrong, it's them first who raise their finger."

He says this was evident that Nhleko has no set plan to curb rampant crime.

"I'd say his priorities are all wrong. Since he arrived, I don't know about his plan of curbing crime. I've never read about it."

Cebekhulu said Popcru has lost faith in Nhleko.

Popcru is also planning a march to highlight the spate of police killings in the country.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said police unions should stop playing the race card.

This came after the Popcru slammed Magistrate Keith Page for denying bail to three officers charged with murdering a suspect.

Popcru says it's disappointed and doesn't accept the ruling and went on to call the magistrate a racist.

But Ipid has come out in support of Page.

Ipid spokesperson Grace Langa said, "Because what the magistrate said did not satisfy them, they are raising the racial card and it's unfair."

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