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‘Drastic intervention needed to stop cop shootings’

Three suspects stormed the station in Khayelitsha and shot at officers with rifles last week Wednesday.

Bongani Mkongi was visiting the Lingelethu West Police Station on 6 July 2017 following an attempted armed robbery there last week where an officer was shot in the face. Picture: Monique Mortlock.EWN

CAPE TOWN - Drastic intervention is needed to stop attacks on police, Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says.

He was visiting the Lingelethu West Police Station on Thursday following an attempted armed robbery there last week where an officer was shot in the face.

The police officer is in a stable condition in hospital.

Mkongi says he has had enough of officers being attacked.

The Deputy Minister says on just on Thursday morning, another officer was shot in the line of duty in Vosloorus in Gauteng.

Two suspects were arrested, while a third managed to flee on foot.

“We cannot celebrate the death of police and mourn the death of criminals, so we are saying, we are here to support you and support these police officers. We are going to take this war onto the doorstep of all the criminals,” Mkongi said.

Mkongi was assessing security at the police station, where CCTV cameras and an intercom access control system have been installed since last week's attack.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)