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Thugs won't stop us, cops

By unknown | Oct 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

KwaZulu-Natal police have vowed not to be defeated by criminals despite officers being killed almost daily while on duty.

Provincial assistant commissioner Fannie Masemola said yesterday that since "super cop" Superintendent Zethembe Chonco was killed in August, six more police officers had been gunned down.

"Since Chonco's death, there have been a number of our members that have been killed," Masemola said.

"On Tuesday, Constable Siphiwe Mnguni was gunned down in Durban's Warwick Avenue while investigating illegal firearms.

"During the killing, a criminal was injured and an ambulance transported him to hospital," Masemola said.

He said police followed the ambulance.

"On the way to the hospital, police were confronted by five armed men who claimed to be relatives of the injured suspect.

We believe that these people must have been on the crime scene because if you look at the time of the shooting and where the ambulance was stopped, it was surprising.

"Luckily, those men have since been arrested," Masemola said.

He said despite the community's criticism of the police, nothing would stop them from continuing to fight crime.

"We can't allow this country to be taken over by criminals. We will keep on fighting criminals and hope that people would realise how hard it is out there.

"Criminals have no respect for the law or the community and that is a big challenge. But one thing is certain, we can't tolerate crime," Masemola said.

Among the police officers killed in the province since August are Superintendent Frans Bothma, Constable Thulani Mbatha, Inspector Sipho Gumede and Inspector Sibusiso Manyoni, according to Masemola.


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