Gauteng News

MEC strongly condemns police killings

Gopolang Leepile

The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has strongly condemned the recent incidents of police killings in the province.

This comes after the shooting and brutal murder of yet another police officer in the province, increasing the number of police killings to 12 in the last seven months, and four this year alone.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) Inspector, Ayanda Zulu (39-years-old) was shot and killed at her home in Palm Springs, south of Johannesburg on her way out to work in the early hours of Wednesday, 04 April 2018.

MEC Nkosi-Malobane expressed her shock to the brutal killing and sent heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Government to the Zulu family, friends and the fellow JMPD members.

“The Province has been robbed of a selfless and dedicated officer. Her passing is not in vain and it would not weaken the morale of our police force but will instead encourage them to do even more to continue to protect and serve our communities.

“In the last seven months, about twelve Metro Police Officers have died on the line of duty in Gauteng with five of these murders occurring in February. This must stop, before we know we will be left with no one to protect the good citizens of this country,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.

Two suspects have been pointed to the murder but no arrests have been made yet. Law enforcement agencies in the province are on high alert looking for the culprits, following information supplied by witnesses in the area.

In addition, MEC Nkosi-Malobane appealed to the criminal justice system to expedite cases of police killings and give perpetrators the hardest sentence in the books. She said that it would send a strong message to perpetrators that such atrocities cannot be tolerated in South Africa.