Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again asked South Africans to condemn the brutal murders of police officers.
Speaking at the SAPS national commemoration ceremony at the Union Buildings yesterday, Ramaphosa said 40 officers were killed in the line of duty. Overall, 72 police officers lost their lives during the past year.
“The death of one officer is one too many. All South Africans need to condemn the killing of police officers and work together to create a society that respects the rule of law,” he said.
One of youngest officers killed was 28-year-old Sabelo Nkunzi, who was shot just two days before Christmas.
“That officer left behind three children, one of whom was only a month old,” said Ramaphosa.