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Phiyega calls for better SAPS image

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega addressed Popcru in Centurion on Saturday.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega addressed Popcru in Centurion, 1 September 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

CENTURION - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega called on the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) members on Saturday to declare war on any form of corruption within the police.

Phiyega addressed Popcru in Centurion and called for members to rehabilitate the police's public image.

Phiyega said criminality within the South African Police Service (SAPS) has robbed the police of their good reputation.

She said police need to work with communities and business to improve safe policing.

The commissioner called on the SAPS to adopt a zero tolerance approach to police members found guilty of corruption, saying they should face no sanction short of a dismissal.

Phiyega said she has met hundreds of good police officers since she was appointed two and a half months ago but she said police should not let corruption overshadow the good work they do.

Meanwhile, Phiyega declined to comment on investigations relating to the Markiana tragedy and avoided commenting on criticism of the police's role in the fatal shooting.

After barely mentioning the incident in her speech Phiyega was escorted from the premises and sent the police's Kaine Monyepao to address the media.

"Should we comment on the matter, it might put the organisation in a very compromised position.

"I said we would only comment once the investigation is complete."

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