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Calls for maximum prison sentence for murder to be revised

Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says the 25-year sentence for murder should be revised.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the spotlight turns back on cop killings this week, Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says lawmakers should revise the maximum 25-year sentence for murder.

Captain Kenneth Poortman was hijacked, stabbed and his body left along the Mabopane highway in Pretoria on Sunday night.

He's survived by his wife, who is also a police officer, and three children.

Three people have been arrested for the crime.

Nkosi-Malobane says it is clear Poortman's killers had one intention.

"We are hoping for life imprisonment. There is also a community outcry that says if someone kills a police officer and he's been given a life sentence, let a life sentence be a life sentence and not 25 years."

Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, police are still searching for a group of men who killed Constable Sibongiseni Mnguni in Isipingo on Sunday.

KwaZulu-Natal Safety MEC Willies Mchunu has urged communities to help stop police killings.

Both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng safety MEC's say they are deeply concerned about the latest police killings in their provinces.

Last week, another police officer was killed while on duty in KwaZulu-Natal.

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