Pub­lic should give of­fi­cers ‘a break for one day’

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SOUTH Africans and po­lice crit­ics should give the coun­try’s of­fi­cers “a break for one day”, Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa said yes­ter­day.

“Let’s give them a break for a change and thank them for what­ever they are do­ing. They work un­der very chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances, they need to be thanked,” he told a Po­lice Day cel­e­bra­tion at Vo­da­com Park in Bloem­fontein.

Mthethwa said it was an op­por­tu­nity to tell po­lice of­fi­cers “we care, we love them and as man­age­ment of the po­lice we care for them”.

Mthethwa urged of­fi­cers to act pro­fes­sion­ally at sta­tion level be­cause this was where the pub­lic formed “a last­ing im­pres­sion” of the ser­vice.

Be­fore Mthethwa’s speech, a mes­sage from Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma was played, in which he thanked the po­lice for their work.

Zuma urged com­mu­ni­ties to work with the po­lice as this would lead to a more ef­fec­tive way of deal­ing with crime. He told the of­fi­cers that po­lit­i­cally more ef­fort would be made to look at get­ting more re­sources for the po­lice ser­vice. – Sapa

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