He also urged members of the public to work with law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime and the creation of safer communities. In the past week South Africa lost four members of the SA Police Service (SAPS) who died at the hands of criminals.
A member of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) was also gruesomely killed at a shopping complex during an armed robbery. “Police are the buffer between the community and criminals and we should all work together to support the police in their work,” Zuma said in a statement issued by the presidency.
“We also urge our law enforcement officers to defend themselves against criminals within the confines of the law. “We salute all law enforcement officers who work diligently under difficult conditions to rid our country of crime. Their work is appreciated by all South Africans.”
He also extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the slain police officers and JMPD member. “Our hearts go out to the families who are going through pain because of heartless criminals who have no respect for human life,” Zuma said.