Tougher action on the cards to stop police killings

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

The spate of police killings, which seemed to have gained momentum recently, has reached the unacceptable levels and as a result the National Head of the DPCI, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has undertaken to come up with a new strategy to address the pandemic as well toughening the fight against police killers.

The strategy, which proposes the review of current firearm legislation among other issues, will be presented to the Minister of Police in due course for it to be discussed in parliament. Lt Gen Ntlemeza vowed that the Hawks will be opposing bail in all police killing cases and he will be meeting the Head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Advocate Shaun Abrahams to have a one-on-one discussion concerning the killing of police.

The directorate will apply a multi-disciplinary approach with relevant stakeholders and the days for those who own illegal firearms and those who misuse their licensed firearms are numbered. Over 44 police officers have been killed in South Africa this year and although 55 arrests have been made, Lt Gen Ntlemeza said he will only enjoy a sleep when the killing of police officers has come to a stop.

Lt Gen Ntlemeza has drawn up strict measures to address police killings and the claws are out for those who undermine the safety and security of the country by killings law enforcement officers. Police killing is a matter of priority in the Hawks and those who kill police officers must know that the Hawks are out to get them. Lawlessness will not be tolerated and the wrath of the Hawks awaits anyone who robs the country of its law enforcers.

“The killing of police officers poses a threat to the security of the state and as the Hawks we determined to end police killings. I want to sensitise all members of the SAPS, Hawks as well as Metro police officers to be ready for action at all times. They must never relax and be caught off guard. When attending to armed robberies, cash in-transit and other dangerous crime scenes it is advisable to call for back-up and approach criminals tactically”, said Ntlemeza.

Lt Gen Ntlemeza urged members of the communities to furnish the Hawks with information about those suspected to be involved in police killings. Those with information can contact Major General Ledwaba on 082 319 9489 or Brigadier Xaba at 079 889 9582.

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