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Tue May 24 11:58:12 SAST 2016

Parliament's police committee to hold session on cop killings

TMG Digital | 15 February, 2016 08:17
Francois Beukman
Image by: Peggy Nkomo. / Sowetan

The “adherence to back to basics principle of ensuring training and management to equip members sufficiently; the use of technology; and the involvement of the communities in policing”.

Those are the “three critical matters” Portfolio Committee on Police will be looking at on Wednesday in a seminar that is part of its “efforts aimed at eliminating the brazen rate of police killings in South Africa”.

The session will‚ chairperson Francois Beukman said‚ see legislators‚ policing experts‚ organised labour and South African Police Service top brass will putting “their heads together in order to come up with a blue print on how best to address the scourge of police killings”.

“We need to address the matter of police killings as a national priority. We cannot allow a situation that those who must protect society become mere victims of criminals and those who oppose the rule of law”‚ said Beukman.

The committee pointed out that President Jacob Zuma spoke about the issue in his State of the Nation Address last week: “We note sadly‚ as well that 57 police officers have been murdered to date during the 2015/16 financial year. We condemn this criminality strongly.

“We urge the police to defend themselves when attacked‚ within the confines of the law.”

Wednesday’s session will also serve as a follow-up to “two engagements with police management on this matter” the committee had in 2015.


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