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Phiyega honours women in blue

The police commissioner paid tribute to her female officers at a church service in Langa.

Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega attended a church service on 11 August 2013 in celebration of women in leadership in Cape Town. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Sunday 39 percent of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently made up of women.

The SAPS is moving steadily towards its target of 50 percent.

The police commissioner joined scores of police women at a church service in Langa, in celebration of women in leadership.

Phiyega believes diversity brings strength into any organisation.

"Women in blue, you inspire me, you carry me along and I want you to be that woman that I spoke about, who is a homemaker. The SAPS is our home. Let us take our compassion into the service, it requires that of us."

She once again assured members of the public that the SAPS is doing the best it can to make South Africa a better place.

"We commit to public accountability, we commit to responding to the issues that you raise. We invite you to join hands with us. This is our country and nobody should ever take it away from us. We love this country."

Phiyega said the service requires compassion from female officers to allow them to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

"There are women detectives, there are forensic specialists, there are dog handlers as well police women in command of various units throughout the country."

On Friday, South African celebrated Women's Day with various festivities throughout the country.