popcruNews24 reports that shortly after the country commemorated 34 police officers who lost their lives in the past year, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) called for an end to police killings 

The officers lost their lives between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, and Popcru urged the leadership of the SA African Police Service (SAPS) and Police Minister Bheki Cele to put in place more measures to curb the killings. Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo said criminals were running amok, wiping out the SAPS workforce on the ground. He called for an urgent meeting with the SAPS leadership and Cele. "We want to discuss underlying factors behind these killings and ultimately jointly with communities come up with a way to revitalise relations and work together," Mamabolo indicated. Popcru said some of the challenges that had to be fixed included providing required tools of the trade, training, and the issue of budget cuts. Mamabolo pointed out that police officers still received a R400 danger allowance, the same amount they have received since 2001. "The death benefits [paid to] slain officers' families [mean they are] are struggling to make ends meet with the R200,000 benefit, while post-traumatic stress disorders continue to climb," he stated. Speaking during the funeral of a fallen officer over the weekend, Cele said: “There are countries where if you bury three police officers in a single weekend, there would be real and loud outcries. Here this is becoming normal.”


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