The Police Ministry has hailed police for cracking cases of police officers killed in the line of duty and said it is encouraged that police continued to do a sterling job on that front.
As the country marks Police Safety Month, Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and Deputy Minister, Cassel Mathale, attended official funeral services of slain SAPS members, Sergeant Nkosinathi Ngcobo in KwaZulu-Natal and Sergeant Pumlani Dastile in the Eastern Cape.
The two policemen were murdered while on duty.
Sergeant Dastile was shot and killed by two suspects last week when he was following up on information on a business robbery.
At his funeral service Deputy Police Minister Mathale praised the police for arresting the suspects quickly.
“I must commend the Hawks and South African Police Service (SAPS) for acting swiftly in ensuring that Sgt Dastile’s suspected killers are apprehended within a few days of the incident. This is the manner in which we need to deal with all criminals who think they can challenge the state’s security by taking a life of a police officer," Mathale said.
In KwaZulu-Natal Sergeant Ngcobo from the Richards Bay police station was shot dead while driving in his state vehicle and his service pistol was stolen.
Delivering the eulogy at the officer's final send-off, Cele told mourners that four suspects linked to the murder have been arrested.
He assured the Ngcobo family and mourners in attendance that crimes against police officers will never go unpunished.
“It is such arrests that restore public confidence and restore the morale in the police service that is dampened by the killing of officers in blue. I am sure police will feel comforted when these killers are kept behind bars for a long time. We are encouraged by the recent sentencing of a convicted police killer who was handed down a life sentence by the Polokwane High Court for charges relating to the death of a police officer, Constable Petrus Delange," Cele said.
On Saturday, the SAPS in Gauteng will bid farewell to Sergeant Sharon Mogale in Ekurhuleni. She was shot and killed while inside a store in Tembisa and the attackers robbed both her and her partner of their service pistols.