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Mthethwa stresses the importance of training and fitness

The police minister has stressed the value of proper police training, in order to effectively fight crime.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Sunday stressed the importance of proper police training, in order to effectively fight crime.

Mthethwa addressed a crowd at a conference at Emperors Palace, on the East Rand.

Mthethwa said training, including firearm handling and crowd control, is a crucial aspect to effective policing.

“For us to swiftly and effectively fight crime, we need to ensure we have police officers who are trained on an ongoing basis.”

The minister also stressed the importance of having fit officers on the service.

“If police officers are not fit, you’ll have people who will think theirs is to use maximum force, when in fact, they are supposed to show their prowess in training and fitness.   

Mthethwa said police have been instructed to use new tactic and techniques when, dealing with protests.

His announcement follows a number of incidents in which police have been accused of using unnecessary force when dealing with angry crowds.

In Ficksburg, demonstrator Andries Tatane was killed after several police officers assaulted and shot at him with rubber bullets, during a service delivery protest last year


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