Khehla Sitole tells police officers not to die with gun in their hands

Khehla Sitole tells police officers not to die with gun in their hands

National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole told police officers to act cautiously in accordance with the police code of conduct when dealing with criminals this festive season, but warned that this did not mean that they should not defend themselves when their lives were under threat.

“As we embark on this festive operation, it is important to ensure that we are not easily provoked, and that we operate within the confines of the law at all times, but when there is a threat to our lives let us defend with all that we have,” said Sitole. “If it warrants that you use your gun, please do so. Do not die with a gun in your hands if it comes to life threatening situations,” he continued urging officers to prioritise personal safety on their day-to-day operations.

Khehla was speaking during the launch of Limpopo provincial festive operation plan in Giyani recently with an aim to kick-start crime prevention operations in the province. Meanwhile the MEC for Transport and Community Safety in the province, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya expressed a concern that the province has not been successful enough lately in terms of finding missing persons, saying this was a challenge that required community involvement.

She urged the Community Policing Forum (CPF) to work harder as the watch dogs in the communities to ensure that information is gathered and shared with the police on time.

“We always find them when they are already dead…recently we have been discovering bodies in the mountains without even knowing how they ended up there, and we want to say to the CPF that this is the change that need the community to work together with SAPS in order to be effective in arresting the perpetrators,” said the MEC.