South African police
South African police

The body of a police officer was found in Turffontein, south of Johannesburg on Saturday, bringing to 85 the total number of police officers killed in the past 12 months, authorities said.

South Africa police
South Africa police

The officer, a commander, was stabbed to death, and no arrests have been made, according to the Police Department in Gauteng Province.
The officer is the latest officer to be killed in recent days. On March 24, 12 armed men shot and killed a constable following an attempted armed robbery at Johannesburg’s Park Station.
On March 29, three officers were shot by unknown men on the N3 in Modderfontein, east of Johannesburg. Two of the police officers died, while the third received treatment at a hospital.
According to figures provided by the Police Ministry, a total of 85 police officers have been killed in the past 12 months.
“One police officer serves at least 340 people in this country. Up until now, 85 of our officers have been killed since March/ April last year, leaving many people without the service of a police officer,” police spokesperson Musa Zondi said in remarks published by the African News Agency (ANA).
The Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko views the ongoing killing of police men and women as attempts to rob the nation of hardworking civil servants, Zondi was quoted as saying.
Zondi said a lot of money went into training police officers.
“The police department spends a lot of money to train officers. When they get killed, it is money down the drain. We cannot afford to lose so many police officers.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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