146 cops killed off duty - Nhleko

Cape Town - A total of 146 police officers have been murdered while off-duty over the past three years, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said on Friday.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, he said 43 were killed in 2011/12, 55 in 2012/13, and 48 in 2013/14.

On what steps had been taken to prevent such killings, he said a two-week tactical policing course had been introduced in 2012.

"In addition to this, refresher training is presented to public order police members and tactical response team members."

Other preventative measures had also been put in place, Nhleko said.