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Call for South Africa army to help police.

The South African minister of police, Nathi Mthethwa, has called for the army to be brought in to help police put down a wave of cash-in-transit heists in which security officers have been killed and millions of rands stolen. He also told his officers "not to hesitate to pull the trigger" when they are attacked.

His strategy reflects newly-elected President Jacob Zuma's tough approach to rising violent crime. "We don't want police hesitation to shoot because 117 policemen died last year when they hesitated to defend themselves, fearing the media and some human rights practitioners," he says.

In late May two guards were killed and several others, as well as bystanders, were injured in a new ploy in which criminals used explosives to blow open cash vans. "If you look at other countries, the issue of transporting money is a joint operation within the security forces."
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Title Annotation:Crime
Comment:Call for South Africa army to help police.(Crime)
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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