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Ramaphosa urges citizens to join forces in fighting police murders

In the past year, 72 members of the South African Police Service were killed, 40 of those in the line of duty.

South African deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANENSBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says members of the public need to join forces with the South African Police Service in the quest to decrease the number of officers that lose their lives in the line of duty.

Ramaphosa, who is currently acting president of the republic while President Jacob Zuma is in China, was speaking at the saps annual national commemoration day in Pretoria today.

In the past year, 72 members of the South African Police Service were killed, 40 of those in the line of duty.

Ramaphosa says members of the public need to appreciate police for putting their lives on the line daily to ensure safety in the country.

"We ask our nation to unite in saying that the murder of our police officers is unacceptable and it must end. We must also commit our communities to work with the entire justice system to ensure that those who commit these heinous crimes pay for their deplorable deeds."