Saps to discuss safety of officers

Deputy police minister Bongani Mkongi this week visited Lingelethu to assess the risks and how security could be improved.

The police flag outside the Welkom police station. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Police Service (Saps) is expected to meet in the coming week to discuss the safety of police officers following a spate of killings.

At least 7 officers have been killed nationally since early June.

Another was wounded when gunmen attacked the Lingelethu West police station in Khayelitsha.

Deputy police minister Bongani Mkongi this week visited Lingelethu to assess the risks and how security could be improved.

He says along with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula they will meet with the Saps top brass to discuss strategy.

“We are not going to negotiate with criminals because they are not negotiating with us and I am inviting all of the so called human rights activists to tell us whether the police must sing the national anthem and dance when the criminals are shooting at them.”

According to latest SAPS figures 57 officers were killed in the 2016/2017 financial year.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)