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At least 7 police officers killed since early June

In the latest incident this week, warrant officer Sipho Mthethwa was gunned down in Vosloorus on Johannesburg’s East Rand while chasing a suspect.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi visited the Lingelethu West Police Station on 6 July 2017 following an attempted armed robbery there the previous week. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At least seven police officers have been killed in South Africa since early June.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) says 57 officers were killed during the 2016/2017 financial year.

In the latest incident this week, warrant officer Sipho Mthethwa was gunned down in Vosloorus on Johannesburg’s East Rand while chasing a suspect.

Last week, two off-duty officers were killed in Queenstown and Peddie in the Eastern Cape, just days apart.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi has urged officers to do what they have to, to protect themselves against criminals.

“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 to the doorstep of all the criminals.”

At least two other officers have been wounded in Cape Town and Johannesburg in recent weeks. In one incident, gunmen attacked a Khayelitsha police station, wounding an SAPS member.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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