Public should give officers ‘a break for one day’
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