Police minister Bheki Cele visited the families of the two policemen on Tuesday and spoke to journalists about the high incidence of violence against the police.
“They were just patrolling, they were just doing their job to keep the same communities safe,” said Cele. “There is a trend which is developing around the shebeens, because the officers were around the shebeens for compliance, people began to resist and think they can operate outside the law.
“The same thing happened in KZN, where people resisted police checking their compliance — here they did too.
“We have ordered the police to go out and hunt [the people who did this]. Police will have to bring them dead or alive and make sure those people get punished,” he said.
One man, aged 32, has been arrested and will be appearing on March 9 in connection with the double murder.