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Police summit kicks off

National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega spoke about police duties on day one of the policing summit.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the announcement of the 2011/2012 crime statistics. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has spoken out about the arrest of two officers in Sandton.

Phiyega said the corruption case was being thoroughly investigated.

The top cop was speaking at the start of a two day summit on Friday, on the state of policing in South Africa.

She said the police’s job was to deal with offenders regardless of who they were.

“We shall investigate those matters and if those issues are coming out as crime, we will do the responsible thing we do as police… arrest and deal with the perpetrators.”

The top cop said issues on the agenda include training, public order policing and service delivery at police stations nationwide.

Meanwhile Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said government was worried retrenchments in the mining industry could lead to an outbreak in violence.

But he also said if the need arises, officers will maintain order and not allow the situation to spin out of control.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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