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Phiyega pays tribute to slain officers

At least seven SAPS members have been gunned down in the Western Cape in recent weeks.

Police Commissioner Riyah Phiyega laid wreaths commemorating the deaths of three SAPS members on 5 August 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riyah Phiyega paid tribute to several slain police officers on Monday.

A wreath laying ceremony was held in Khayelitsha in Cape Town in memory of three officers who were killed in July.

The officials were stationed in Harare, Philippi and Khayelitsha.

Police officials formed a guard of honour as Phiyega laid down wreaths in memory of the three officers.

Seven SAPS members have been killed in the Western Cape over the last few weeks.

Phiyega bid her colleagues farewell, but said their deaths will not stop police from eradicating crime.

The City of Cape Town and the Community Safety Department have offered a reward of R100,000 for any information which could lead to arrests.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has expressed concern over police killings in the province.

He also lashed out at the Western Cape government, saying it was not doing enough to support officers.