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sapsSunday Tribune reports that twelve police officers have been killed since the start of the year.  

The latest was a 54-year-old officer from Maphumulo who was killed during a business robbery on Friday.  The gunmen fled the scene in a getaway car and the police captain later died in hospital.  Earlier last week, gunmen killed five policemen and a retired soldier at Ngcobo police station in the Eastern Cape.  Police Minister Fikile Mbalula described the deaths of the police officers as a national tragedy.  A memorial service for the five slain officers and soldier will be held in Ngcobo’s Wesleyan Methodist Church on Tuesday.  Policing expert Jean Steyn said attacks on police officers were attacks on the morality of society.  “It’s a sad day for South Africa that we have so many attacks on police officers and this should be neither condoned nor normalised.”  He went on to indicate that in the past 20 years, an average of more than 160 police officers were killed a year, which was among the highest rates in the world.

  • Read this report by Sithandiwe Velaphi, Nabeelah Shaikh and Karinda Jagmohan in full at Sunday Tribune
  • Read too, Police captain gunned down in KZN business robbery, at News24

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