Mothiba calls for tough measures

The Gauteng Police Commissioner called on officers to use extra force against criminals.

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JOHANNESBURG - New Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba on Saturday called on officers in the province to use extra force when dealing with criminals.

His call comes after the killing of Azaadville Community Policing Forum chairperson Sadek Shaik in an armed robbery in Kagiso last week Wednesday.

Shaik was shot twice after 10 armed men entered his shop and opened fire.

Mothiba said the public shouldn't confuse the police using force as police brutality as this dents the morale of the officers.

He added the community should understand that sometimes the police need to be tough when dealing with criminals.

On Friday Lesetja was part of a high level police delegation that visited Shaik's family where he offered a reward for information that could lead to the arrests of any other suspects.

One of the suspects arrested in connection to the murder is expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court soon for a formal bail application.