Cops urged to keep up crime fight

2013-03-06 14:17

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.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2013-03-06 14:24

    and how much is this "celebration" costing US the taxpayer? How many police "officers" are now having a lekka party and "listening" to speeches while the criminals are making merry?

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-06 14:45

    Oh so criminals outside of Johannesburg don't have to worry. This is pure lip service. The only thing correct is that they are indeed a barometer measuring the anc's gradual decline as the ruling party. Keep talking 'MEC', see how much gets done with all the talking. And btw, how dare you say the must put our president behind bars!! Hahahaha!

  • Apostate Too - 2013-03-06 14:55

    "As police, you are the face of government and the protectors of our communities." Indeed they are. A truth and a lie in one sentence....par for the course MEC. I suspect that, much like Phiyega, the good MEC'S reach exceeds her grasp...and by magnitudes. Perhaps harsh, but the good cops are tainted by association...and their silence.

  • John Ogilvie - 2013-03-06 14:56

    Face of Goverment ??? is that why there are stolen firearms from the police station in Mpumalanga and stolen Rhino horn evidence from the police station in Bris?????

  • Katie Pettit - 2013-03-06 14:58

    the words THANK YOU are never said enough, there are cops that love their profession and do work very hard, but sometimes u loose the flame, cause it doesnt matter what u do, its never good enough, or anouther cop makes a mistake and everyone gets tarnished, exactly as in nursing.

      Katie Pettit - 2013-03-06 15:02

      so thank you to all the police, nurses, traffic cops, docters, municipality workers ect... they really do try their best to help.

      lyndol.lyons - 2013-03-06 15:21

      Indeed. My husband is a cop, one of the best there is and to hear what he gets subjected to on a daily basis is heart breaking. A thankless, underpaid job with so many ungrateful citizens critizing all they do.

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2013-03-06 15:22

      Katie Pettit - I agree with you- BUT unfortunately they are few and far between and are usually sidelined

      Hemlock - 2013-03-06 15:48

      If you lose the flame it's time to find a new occupation!

      david.luis.9822924 - 2013-03-06 16:05

      Katie, what are you calling "mistakes"? are you by any chance saying that abusing citizens, beating them, murdering them, hijack, armed robberies (in uniform) selling guns to criminals, stealing drugs from evidence rooms and selling them to drug dealers are "mistakes"?? wake up! the SAPS is a criminal organization

      Butch Poulter - 2013-03-06 16:28

      Being a cop,teacher and a nurse is a calling you are not going to get wealthy but are doing something you love doing. The ones that are there for the job only, are the ones that embarrass these honourable professions

      LesleyDGreyling - 2013-03-06 16:51

      you are RIGHT Katie. I myself have had the SAPS treat me kindly and with respect, and there are many doing a tough job that nobody respects them for any more. Sadly, standards for selecting SAPS officers might have slipped, whatever, the ones who do wrong, who sleep on duty, who drag people behind taxis and beat them in jail, who steal rhino horns - THEY SADLY become how ALL police officers are judged~! which is unfair, as many put their lives on the line for us. But the SAPS DO need to clean up their affairs and maybe check their selection process. As usual in SA i suspect the quota system is what lets a lot of useless people IN!

  • Sas Kloppers - 2013-03-06 15:03

    This is how they fight crime....

  • nhlapop - 2013-03-06 15:06

    I dont see anything intresting about this article, i tried to read but i didnt manage to pickup anything intresting. This morons are busy killing innocent people, driving around with police car's doing their personal business.

  • John - 2013-03-06 15:08

    Keep up?? I never realised that they had started??

  • timothy.crowley.14 - 2013-03-06 15:17

    The SAPS is in a state of decay! We are better off relying on the private security companies for protection! The government strategy is the more we outsource the less work we have to do!

  • Hemlock - 2013-03-06 15:18

    What a laugh...... biggest load of K*K I have read today!

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-06 15:24

    that guy on a uniform (see pic) reminds me of the days of JZ and his dance moves - i must say its a vrey funny country, full of dancers - lol

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-03-06 15:52

    It is the most stupid idea to have come about in a democracy. These kind of initiatives must be stopped immediately and channel the monies to etoll(Gauteng roads), distribution of books in Limpopo, toilets to the squatter camps etc.

  • John Smith - 2013-03-06 15:58

    What the hell is national police day This gang of thugs are employees of the PEOPLE, whom these thugs call CLIENTS. They feel that they are an autocratic body and behave that way! These thugs need to learn the meaning of SERVANT!

  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2013-03-06 16:00

    keep up the fight agaisnt crime, right-maybe they can just start (still waiting to hear back form my house robbery-MOFO's)

  • david.luis.9822924 - 2013-03-06 16:03

    Sadly the way things are today the best action the SAPS can take to remove violent criminals from the street is... to stay in their stations (preferably locked up) and hand their firearms to responsible citizens. It would be nice to see true figures of how many firearms "disappear" from licensed citizens comparing to how many are "lost" from locked rooms in the police (and SANDF)

  • LesleyDGreyling - 2013-03-06 16:47

    Sadly you might well BE the face of our Govt: rhino horns go missing in police custody, people DIE in your custody, you are guilty of bullying, looting during strikes, violent intimidation, and you are often photographed sleeping whilst on duty~! Yep. sounds right, definitely the face of our Govt. And all this makes me SO SAD as i REALLY WANT to support and look up to the SAPS the way we should do! ~!

  • NigelGauteng - 2013-03-06 17:47

    Does this mean they going to fight themselves?

      Nigel Vos - 2013-03-06 18:06

      The cops are going to have to fight the bad elements and get rid of them and make sure that they appoint better people. So yup, they are going to have to fight themselves - can't see that happening.

  • Xiemeh Ntaka - 2013-03-06 18:57

    I know that not all cops brutally assualt the innocent, but after recent events the thought of celebrating the police just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I agree with Alicialouse. It is just too easy to become a police officer.

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