Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday visited the family of police Constable Ncedo Theophylus Katoyi who was gunned down while on duty.
Katoyi was among a group of officers from Khayelitsha police station who had gone to Site C on Monday night when they came under fire.
Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi, says Katoyi was a breadwinner for his family and a hard worker.
Police officers are not supposed to be a statistic because behind the uniform they are human beings and that was seen in the faces of that family when we visited with the Minister.— Bongani Mkongi, Deputy Minister of Police
He was a father, the breadwinner and a hard worker. He committed himself in protecting the citizens of the Republic of South Africa. We felt the sadness of their loss because he was the only one who was working. He left a 9-month-old baby.— Bongani Mkongi, Deputy Minister of Police
Mkongi says there should be harsher sentences for people who attack the police because attacking the police means attacking the state.
When you attack the police, you attack the state and the sentencing must be very harsh and never come out of that particular jail.— Bongani Mkongi, Deputy Minister of Police
We must wipe out AK-47 in the face of the Republic of South Africa by giving harsh sentences for those who are carrying AK-47. It is an illegal weapon in South Africa so you can't give that person 5 years.— Bongani Mkongi, Deputy Minister of Police
To hear the rest of the interview with Deputy minister Bongani Mkongi, listen below: