Both metro police and members of the SA Police Service seem to be under attack following the killing of yet another officer in a business robbery in Orange Farm south of Johannesburg.
(Also read our article: Tally of cop killings up by seven from 2014 over same period)
Koketso Sachane spoke with Dr. Johan Burger, Senior Researcher in the Crime and Justice Program at the Institute for Security Studies.
Burger says that criminals are emboldened by the knowledge that the force is inadequately trained and equipped and lacks insight into possible threats.
He says as a result, criminals have become more brazen and robberies more violent.
The problem with these criminals is that they are growing in confidence. They are prepared to take police officers on. Our police service still needs to adapt to this new type of criminal attitude.— Dr. Johan Burger, Security Studies policing expert
The aggravated robbery rate has risen by 18% in the last two financial years, and he predicts that the figure will be higher this year.
We forget that our police are the 'thin blue line' between ordinary citizens and violent criminals . When crime levels increase, so does the pressure on the police.— Dr. Johan Burger, Security Studies policing expert
According to Burger, the increase in aggravated robbery is directly linked to the rise in the number of police murders.
Burger says that the public must continue to support the police in their efforts to fight crime and protect South Africans.
WATCH: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaks out against cop kilings
Police officers killed since last week include:
Monday, 27 July: JMPD officer Simon Mabatamela killed in Ivory Park.
Wednesday, 29 July: Hawks officer Petrus Holtz killed in Cape Town.
Wednesday, 29 July: Saps officer Njabulo Buthelezi killed in Vosloorus.
Thursday, 30 July: SapsConstable James Seolwane killed in Temba.
Friday, 31 July: Saps officer Celimpilo Hlabisa killed in Jeppestown.
Sunday, 2 Aug: Saps officer John Marshall killed in Emalahleni.
- Thursday, 8 August: unconfirmed JMPD officer shot and killed in Orange Farm.
Listen to the full conversation, with Koketso Sachane standing in, on The Redi Tlhabi Show: