Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Sunday that the police should take revenge when confronted with criminals, who often do not hesitate to shoot and kill.
The minister spoke at the funeral of the murdered < span> Col Beauty Marivate, who was the station commander of Elukwatini Police Station.
Marivate was shot after a gang shot her police vehicle in response to a supermarket robbery on December 30 last year had.
Cele said her death should anger all South Africans and urged communities and police to work together in response to the scourge of crime.
“This murder must anger us all as a nation. Through our collective condemnation of such cruel acts, communities can see the dangers of harboring criminals who do not hesitate to get rid of the people who protect and serve them.
“The police must react decisively to these callous acts and ensure that the death of one of their own is never in vain. Colonel Marivate was a seasoned investigator working for social justice, so it is important that any thugs who robbed a leader of this community are found, “said Cele.
The minister said the police would not “work with criminals” and promised to investigate the case.
“D he President made it clear that the life of criminals must be made difficult, and these words give criminals new energy.
“The police cannot do this, however do alone. The men and women in blue who risk their lives every day to ensure our safety need you as eyes and ears on the ground. Through such active and consistent police partnerships, criminals can wake up and realize that crime doesn’t pay off, but instead puts them in jail or an early grave. “
Eight suspects were found in the Arrested in connection with the murder of Marivate. Cele said the police are investigating leads that could lead to further arrests.