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Pretoria - Every police officer killed in the line of duty was detrimental to South Africa's democracy, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Sunday.
Speaking at the police's National Commemoration Day ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Mthethwa said various preventative measures were being implemented to stop police killings.
An information management framework had been developed to ensure the accurate reporting and capturing of all incidents involving police deaths.
“We are also intent on punishing police killers and this is being enhanced through the criminal justice system by a way of investigation and sentencing,” he said.
“A docket analysis in respect of all (police) members who died on and off duty from August 1 2008 until July 31 2012 was conducted to determine trends and tendencies.”
He said police had also begun improving employee support via tactical skills development and equipment.
Police management was also finalising a proposal to declare October police safety month.
The minister called on the business community and all South Africans to support the police education trust, which supports the educational needs of children orphaned by police deaths in the line of duty.
“Our vision is to ensure that the trust provides the best education and training for the development of children of members deceased in the line of duty,” he said.
South Africa had a duty to remember those police who died through their commitment to selfless struggle, and society, with government must make a concerted effort to stop “senseless” police killings.
“We may never be able to bring back to life these unsung heroes and heroines but shall ensure that their passing is not in vain,” Mthethwa said.
President Jacob Zuma did not address the commemoration as expected. - Sapa