According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, the murder of KwaZulu-Natal officer Sthembiso Mazibuko shouldn’t be in vain and should serve as inspiration to deter crime nationwide.
Last week, during a police operation in the province, a gunfight broke out between the suspects and police, and Mazibuko was slain.
On Sunday, he was laid to rest in Ntuzuma, where mourners were addressed by the National Police Commissioner Fanie Masemola and Police Minister Bheki Cele.
One of the five persons killed in a firefight last week was a police officer from the national intervention unit.
Cele warned them that there was a war going on in the nation against officers, and they needed to take precautions to defend themselves.
This comes as the number of police officers slain while performing their duties is rising around the nation.
According to Cele, officers must fight back when confronting offenders because criminals cannot govern this nation.
He has encouraged police officers to punish lawbreakers as compensation for the killing of Mazibuko.