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sapsThe Star reports that according to crime expert and senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies Dr Johan Burger, the deaths of police officers have halved in two decades.  

He was commenting on the death of an off-duty Joburg metro police officer at a tavern in Vlakfontein.  Burger indicated that in the past seven years, the killing of police officers had remained at around 70 or 80 deaths a year.  He added that, although the situation was not ideal, it was better than in the 1990s when the number had been double.  Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said it did not appear that criminals were becoming more brazen towards law enforcement officials.  Referring to the Vlakfontein incident, he said:  “They wanted the money; that’s all they wanted and they killed to get the money.”  Minnaar did not have figures of metro police deaths, but said the risks that metro officers faced were similar to that of police.  Burger noted that the SA Police Service had instituted good interventions like the multi-disciplinary task team that investigated police murders and formulated recommendations to reduce police murders.

  • Read the original of the above report by Lehlohonolo Mashigo on page 2 of The Star of 13 August 2019


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