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Phiyega: SA must fight crime together

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega says South Africans cannot cede control to criminals.

Taegrin Morris was killed after being dragged from his mother's car which was hijacked. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says South Africa is in the midst of a "new struggle" against the types of hardened criminals who continue to terrorise communities.

Four-year-old Taegrin Morris was killed when he was dragged behind his mother's hijacked vehicle for several kilometres last week.

In a separate incident, a six-year-old Bronkhorstspruit boy was reunited with his family after he was kidnapped for several days.

Phiyega says South Africans cannot cede control to criminals.

She says criminals must not be allowed a moment's comfort while citizens live in fear.

"We must all work together to fight the scourge of crime."

The national police commissioner added the country is no longer fighting a "political struggle" but one of "social ills".

Video: Taegrin remembered.

Meanwhile, yesterday Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba urged Reiger Park residents not to take the law into their own hands.

Residents of the East Rand community vowed to avenge the death of the four-year-old.

Mothiba has appealed to residents of the East Rand community to let the police do their job.

Eyewitness News has seen a picture of the alleged hijackers which is circulating, calling on residents to make the attackers suffer just like the Taegrin did.

The police commissioner has strongly condemned this.

Police say they hope to make a breakthrough in the case soon.