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South Africa's new top cop, Bheki Cele, wants the law to be changed to allow police to "shoot to kill" criminals without worrying about "what happens after that".
Speaking exclusively to Weekend Argus on Friday, Commissioner Cele said the police needed to match the firepower of criminals and use "deadly force".
Cele said the law had placed the burden on individual police officers when faced with using firearms in retaliation, and that he agreed with the Minister of Police that the onus should be on the SAPS as an organisation.
"Don't make it the problem of the individual," he said.
He added that if police were to fight crime seriously, they should not have to carry the burden of worrying about what happens next as a result of their actions.
individual police officers when faced with using firearms in retaliation