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Police are being targeted in an organised way, says Bheki Cele at killed KZN cop’s funeral

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Police are being targeted in a sophisticated, organized manner and are not just facing ordinary street crimes, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Tuesday.

“It looks like the police are killed in a very organized way starting with [Detective Charl] Kinnear in [the] Western Cape and this one too,” he said.

Cele was speaking outside the funeral of slain Kwandangezi police station Captain Thulani Molefe, who was gunned down on his way to work on 14 December.

According to Cele, 46 officers had been murdered – while on and off duty – by 21 December.

He said 19 were murdered on duty, while 27 were murdered off duty.

“There is some form of organized criminality against the police, not necessarily just in KZN…”

He said that police were facing new threats.

“It is not just ordinary police encountering criminality on the street, but there is a lot of planning towards eliminating police.”

Cele said that in KZN, there had been increased attacks.

“There has been an upswing of attacks here in KZN, but what is coming up is that this is a group of criminals. The things they are chasing are tools used to commit crimes.”

“At police station points, they took guns. With this matter, Molefe was trying to sort out taxi violence matters. We want a better further investigation on what really happened.”

Cele called on communities to work with the police.

“That war cannot be won by the police alone. Wherever we go, including today, we call on the communities to work with police. The management are here, and we are all here. There are things that will have to change.”

Source | The Citizen