South Africa’s weakened law enforcement agencies have allowed criminals to do as they wish, said the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) following the murders of five Eastern Cape police officers and a retired soldier on Wednesday.
”Cosatu wants all law enforcement agencies to be revamped so that they can lead the push back against criminals. The weakening of law enforcement agencies has emboldened the criminals and left many citizens feeling unsafe,” the organisation said.
”These criminals have declared war on the state and South Africans and they should be met with the full might of the law. We cannot allow anarchy to prevail. The killing of law enforcement officers and workplace deaths in general are starting to be a crisis for the country.”
The five police officers and a retired soldier were shot and killed while two others were wounded by a gang of robbers in Ngcobo near Queenstown during the early hours of Wednesday.
Police said that five male members, a warrant officer and four constables were shot dead while two more male officers were wounded during the attack.
The two injured police officers were taken to hospital where they received medical attention and were discharged.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is set to visit the Ngcobo police station on Wednesday.
– African News Agency (ANA)