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gautengThe New Age reports that there is growing concern about the number of traffic officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty in Gauteng.  

On Wednesday, Constable Fanyana Makhubu of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) was the latest traffic officer to be killed in Gauteng, bringing the number of officers killed in the province to five in just two weeks.  Three of those killed were members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), one was from the Tshwane Metro Police Department and the fifth from the EMPD.  Another seven were injured in the line of duty.  The SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and Gauteng MEC for community safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, expressed shock and disgust at the senseless killing of Makhubu.  They said they were concerned by the recent spike in deaths.  Samwu noted that in the last six months 11 metro police officers have died in the line of duty in Gauteng.  "We believe that the killings have now reached proportions which warrant necessary action to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers,” Samwu’s national spokesperson Papikie Mohale said.  He called for the amendment of Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act which puts certain restrictions and limitations on how law enforcement officers may use their firearms.

  • Read this report by Ntombi Nkosi in full at HTSyndication (The New Age)
  • See too, Third JMPD cop killed in three weeks, at The Citizen
  • Read Samwu’s press statement at Samwu online

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