THE South African Police Union would like to commend Police Commissioner Bheki Cele and, to a certain extent, President Jacob Zuma for their moral support against armed criminals
We fully support Cele's call for Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act to be reviewed. We are not calling for a blank cheque to shoot to kill, but armed criminals are prepared to carry out their criminal activities and to kill anyone in their path, including innocent bystanders.
This necessitates giving the police more power to deal with them.
We are fully aware that everyone, including suspects, have a right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
Cele's stand is a morale booster that officers around the country appreciate. We also commend the president for his honest opinion that the law as it stands seems to favour criminals and needs to be corrected.
It is strange that so-called human rights activists never bother to condemn criminals when they mercilessly butcher our members.
There are many instances in which police officers were violently killed. An example is the Jeppestown Massacre for which there was not even a media statement condemning the brutal killings of our dedicated officers.
The police need every bit of support from all law-abiding citizens, including human rights champions. We have never called for an eye for an eye, but we are not apologetic to say merciless criminals must be dealt with accordingly.
Oscar Skommere, Brooklyn