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JHB, KZN MECs concerned over spate of cop killings

Two police officers, in JHB & KZN respectively, were attacked and killed on Sunday night.

FILE. MEC Willies Mchunu says an attack on police officers is an attack against the state, which should be punished with harsher sentences. Picture :Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Safety MECs say tighter laws and awareness campaigns are needed in order to stop the high number of police killings.

Captain Kenneth Poortman was hijacked, stabbed to death and left alongside the Mabopane Highway in Pretoria on Sunday night.

On the same day, in KwaZulu-Natal, Constable Sibongiseni Mnguni was shot and killed in Isipingo.

His killers are still on the run.

MEC Willies Mchunu says an attack on police officers is an attack against the state, which should be punished with harsher sentences.

His spokesperson Sipho Khumalo says, "The key drivers of these murders of police, of course, are the proliferation of firearms in KwaZulu-Natal

and I guess in South Africa as well."

Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says her department will implement more campaigns next year to stop the killings.

"In tandem with working with the communities, they will give us tip-offs of what's someone is intending to do."

A group of suspects are expected to make their first appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate Court in connection with the murder of the Pretoria officer this morning.

'PURE EVIL'

Gauteng Provincial Community Police board chair, Andy Mashaile, also visited the family, describing those who killed Poortman as pure evil.

"You kill somebody like you did with the captain, you are inspired by the devil. You have a satanic mind."

Poortman's widow, who is also a policewoman, has thanked the police for their support.

"Your guys coming in here makes just a little easier for us to move from this point to the next point."

She was unintentionally called out to the scene of her husband's murder as part of her duties as police spokeswoman.