EDITORIAL | If SA protects it citizens, it protects its police too
More police are killed off- rather than on-duty, and seldom are they specifically targetted
In a society under siege from wave upon wave of crime, so much of it violent, it seems not even our police, the very people we expect to keep us safe, are immune.
Before releasing the country’s quarterly crime statistics on Friday, police minister Bheki Cele announced 24 cops had been murdered between January and March 2021. It was a “crisis”, he said.
“So it cannot be normal that police officers, who every day go out there to protect and serve, are killed and the public remains unshaken. There is no public outrage, no outcry from activists and NGOs — and no-one is demanding justice for them...