Hawks’ Lebeya Expresses Alarm Over The Surge In Police Killings In Q1 2023/2024

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Godfrey Lebeya, the head of the Hawks, has voiced his worry regarding the loss of over two dozen police officers in the initial quarter of the present fiscal year.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly referred to as the Hawks, held a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday to discuss their accomplishments in the first quarter of the 2023/2024 financial year.

During the briefing, Lebeya disclosed that a total of 31 police officers lost their lives in nearly as many incidents during the reviewed period.

“Attacks on police officials are an attack on the state, and the death of one police official is one too many. Dear South Africans, for the first quarter only, we noted with concern that 31 police officials were killed in 30 incidents.”

Lebeya noted that during the assessed period, 24 arrests were made and nine convictions were achieved. This marks an improvement from the previous reporting period, which saw 13 arrests and six convictions.

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