With the killing of six police officers in just one week, it was apparent to all South Africans that criminals are at war with the police force as the president inferred. Some of these officers were killed while they’re on duty, and others were killed at home. Records pertaining to the past financial year reported that 86 cops were killed, 34 when they were at work and the balance when they were at home. And since the beginning of this year, more than 50 South African Police Service members have been killed. This figure, according to Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo increased by over 10 percent when compared with figures of last year within same period.
In light of the killings, the national Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega bewailed that killing one police officer is killing a nation. She warned criminals that they will be caught and has urged officers to continue the fight against crime. Well, her optimism is worthwhile for the Gauteng police have released more revealing pictures of the suspected killers of a policeman in Orange Farm.
If you recall, two police officers who work for the railway police were attacked when they were visiting the train station guards. One policeman was shot in the upper body and died at the scene, and the other was taken to the local hospital as he was seriously assaulted.
Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the pair were attacked by the heavily armed suspects who are part of the gang believed to be terrorizing our communities. As such, he appealed to members of the public to come forward if they have any information relating to the killing of Constable Norman Muhlari at a train station last week.
If you have any information, please contact the investigating officer, Colonel Wiseman Sephungu at 071 363 3730 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111 at all hours.