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'The law is on your side' - Cele urges cops to 'use deadly force' after latest police murders

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'The law is on your side' - Cele urges cops to 'use deadly force' after latest police murders

Police Minister Bheki Cele

1st March 2021

By: News24Wire

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on police officers to defend themselves after six officers were killed in separate incidents in the last 10 days.

In a statement, the Police Ministry said it was "in shock" after two more police officers were killed in the Western Cape. The deaths came just days after four officers were killed in KwaZulu-Natal.

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In the latest incident, a police sergeant and a constable were murdered while patrolling in Bloekombos, Cape Town, early on Sunday morning.

The officers were allegedly ambushed while on patrol and their vehicle came under fire. The officers were killed on the scene and robbed of their firearms.

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The attack happened on the same day Cele delivered an address at a Durban police officer's memorial service.

The Chatsworth officer was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence incident.

Cele told mourners the latest police killings have left those in the service shocked and shaken.

"While it is a dark time for us in the police right now, we will not be deterred by these cowardly acts. Let me remind police officers that when they go out there to enforce law and order, the law is on your side to respond decisively when confronted by criminals and use deadly force to defend yourself," he said.

Cele also called for harsher punishment for crimes committed against police officers, saying they were national assets who must be protected at all cost.

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