Cops urged to keep up crime fight

2013-03-06 14:17
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - The police are the face of the government and a barometer of service delivery, Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said at the National Police Day celebration in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

"Communities demand that you serve them whether you are happy or sad, or woke up on the wrong side of the bed," Mazibuko told police gathered at Johannesburg Stadium.

"As police, you are the face of government and the protectors of our communities."

She acknowledged the good work police had done, often in thankless circumstances, to change Gauteng's image as a "gangsters' paradise".

"Protect our women and children. Put rapists behind bars.... Police, please help our communities fight this [drug] scourge.

"Soldier on as protectors of our communities.... Criminals must know that, in Gauteng, their days are numbered."

Continue fight against crime

In a message posted on big screens at the stadium, Deputy Police Minister Makhotso Sotyu urged members to continue the fight against crime, especially violence against women.

In a pre-recorded message, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said: "We look at successes and failures over the previous year. If we have fallen, we pledge to pick ourselves up."

Paying tribute to police killed in the line of duty, she said: "To be a member of the SA Police Service is an absolute privilege."

Phiyega said 2012 had been the year of the detective and that 2013 was the year of the police station.

"It is our frontline service point. It is where we show our face to the country."

She urged members to make their stations the best they could, so they could better serve the public.

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