Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to unite and war against police killings in the country rather than killing policemen in the country.
Speaking at the annual South African Police Service National Commemoration Day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the deputy vice president noted that the police is saddled with the responsibility of protecting and safeguarding the lives of South Africans, for this reason, they must be protected equally from the hands of hoodlums.
While the event lasted, family relatives and police officials laid wreaths as they paid tribute to the fallen officers who died with their boots on.
In addition, Ramaphosa vowed to have all perpetrators behind police killings arrested and brought to justice. He admitted that ‘their murder can never be justified. We ask our nation to unite in saying that the murder of our police officers is unacceptable and it must end’.
“We must not only condemn, we must commit our communities to work with the entire justice system to ensure that those who commit these heinous crimes pay for their deplorable deeds,” he added.
Meanwhile Police Minister Nathi Nhleko opined that the deceased members of the SAPS deserve to be honored and called heroes for losing their lives fighting crime, injustice and seeking to see a better society for all South Africans.
Also present at the annual ceremony are: the Deputy Minister of Police Makhotso Sotyu, and the acting National Commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane.
Researches on police killing showed that South Africa is much more violent than the US. According to information obtained from one of the researches, 17 068 homicides were recorded in South Africa compared with 16 121 in the US in 2013 – indicating that one is about six times more likely to be killed in South Africa.
Furthermore, it was found that to be a cop in South Africa is very risky because SA cops are six times more likely to die on the job. In 2013, 77 South African police officers died in the line of duty.