Popcru slates killing of Groblersdal station commander

Popcru slates killing of Groblersdal station commander

Police union, Popcru, in Limpopo is calling on police officers probing the killing of Colonel Lebyane Seroka to do everything they can to bring the perpetrators to book.

The 57-year-old Groblersdal Police Station Commander was gunned down in the early hours of Saturday in front of his house at Mmaganagobuswa village,  while preparing to go to a funeral.

“We are appalled by the latest tenacious, cold-hearted murders of police officers across our country, demonstrating an upward trend which now stands at over 72 police officers since the 2019-2020 periods. The killing of police undermines the authority of our state and our constitutional democracy, and should therefore be regarded as high treason,” says Popcru.

The union is calling on SAPS management to put more effort to ensure that police officers are always armed with well functional equipment, regardless of the type of scene they are attending to.

“Improvement of community and police relations is crucial in curbing this matter, and police leadership needs to urgently start focusing on improving the strategic, management and internal accountability capacity that will support professional policing. We believe this will enable them to better confront dangerous criminals and defend themselves and others using lethal force where necessary.”

The motive for Seroka’s killing is not yet known.

Suspects used his vehicle to fled the scene.

The car was, however, later found abandoned along the Denilton-Maklerekeng road.