Police union, POPCRU, has reiterated its call for the amendment of the criminal laws to impose heftier measures and penalties for attackers of police officers or any law enforcement officials in the country.
The renewed call comes after some community members in Greenside extension 44 outside Polokwane, in Limpopo, attacked police officers who had arrested undocumented immigrants on January 2.
The community assaulted the officers, pelted their vehicles with stones and released the suspects from the police vans.
POPCRU spokesperson, Richard Mamabolo, has described the incident as unacceptable and believes it was an attack on the state.
“This brazen attack can be viewed as an unscrupulous means not only to undermine law enforcement, but to also generate lawlessness within the community. We call upon law abiding citizens to frown upon and reject such regressive acts.”
POPCRU says the country’s high crime rate highlights the need for greater community involvement in the fight against crime.
He says POPCRU will continue working with Safer South Africa Foundation (SSAF) to encourage public participation in policing matters.
“Among others, we aim to benefit society by way of introducing a better understanding of the functioning of the criminal justice system, lay the foundation for improved relationships between law enforcement agencies and communities and bring access to justice stemming from exposure to various laws enforcement agencies.”
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.