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Eight-Two Police Officers Killed This Year In South Africa

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Pretoria – Eighty-two police officers have been killed this calendar year, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko announced on Sunday.

“Clearly this is an untenable position and we view the killing of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) as an attempt to undermine the legitimate authority of our democratic state,” Minister Nhleko said.

The Minister, along with Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha, briefed media on the progress and achievements made by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JSPC) Cluster in Pretoria on Sunday.

The SAPS has adopted a “back to basics” approach and implemented a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and integrated police safety plan.

The plan involves all force multipliers to enhance and ensure the safety of all members, which includes visits to police stations by a management team as well as safety awareness to ensure appropriate tactical and operational responses was enhanced internally, supported by focussed and priority follow-up actions, investigations and convictions of suspects.

Operation Fiela Reclaim

Meanwhile, Operation Fiela which government implemented to address lawlessness in identified areas is a success story of note.

The number of operations conducted under the operation came to 3205 with a total number of arrests at 40 903.

“These successes are over and above arrests and successes achieved during day-to-day proactive and reactive policing,” said Minister Nhleko.

Special operations have been launched under the umbrella of Operation Fiela/Reclaim. These include the annual Safer Festive Season Operations which are intended to ensure that communities can enjoy a peaceful and safe holiday season. 

“We also aim to ensure safety on our roads, especially as many people will be travelling to and from their holiday destinations during this period.

“It is a known fact that crime incidents increase between October and January every year. The Fiela/Reclaim operations are focused on stabilising the country and combating serious and violent crimes, especially crimes against women, children and vulnerable groups,” explained the Minister.

The cluster is following a six pillar approach over the four month period – from 1 October to 31 January 2016 – so as to address all identified crimes and possibilities.

Among the pillars is the enforcement of the Firearms Control Act, the Liquor Act, the Second Hand Goods Act and the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act (SASREA) and border security.

“A combined total of 511 831 police actions have been conducted to date which included patrols, stop and searches, vehicle check points(VCP’s) and roadblocks,” said the cluster.

In addition the province which conducted the most actions in the period under review was KwaZulu-Natal with a combined total of 195 195 police actions; followed by the Western Cape with 107 346 combined police actions. The third top province was Free State with 67 202 police actions. 



[photo credits: By Bob Adams from George, South Africa (South African Police MBB BK117A-3 ZS-HSD) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]



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