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Lamoer thanks courageous officers

Western Cape Police chief Arno Lamoer thanked his staff for their daily sacrifices.

The police attend the National Police Day celebrations on 6 March 2013 at the Phillipi Stadium. Picture: Chanel September/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on Wednesday lauded his staff for their daily sacrifices while on the job.

The top cop addressed thousands of South African Police Service (SAPS) members at Phillipi Stadium as part of National Police Day celebrations.

The day recognises the role of police in South Africa and honours those who died in the line of duty.

Lamoer said the day was all about thanking the police who are on the ground fighting crime on a daily basis.

He told those who attended the event to enjoy their break and encouraged them to work even harder than ever before.

Lamoer said there was far too little recognition for members who protect their communities and put in the long hours with no questions asked.

Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato echoed similar sentiments saying there was too much focus on the bad apples in SAPS.

SAPS recently came under fire following several incidents of police brutality throughout the country.

A woman was raped, allegedly by a Herbertsdale policeman, earlier in February.

The 49-year-old woman was raped when she went to the police station to report domestic abuse.

In Gauteng, a Mozambican national was dragged down a street in Daveyton while handcuffed to the back of a police van.

He later died in police custody.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating both matters.