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Nhleko asks public to blow the whistle on crime

Nkosinathi Nhleko addressed the National South African Police Service Commemoration Day.

FILE: The event is meant to pay homage to police officers who’ve died in the line of duty in the past year. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has called on members of the public to blow the whistle on known criminals in their communities.

Nhleko addressed the National South African Police Service Commemoration Day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning.

The event is meant to pay homage to police officers who've died in the line of duty in the past year.

Nhleko has encouraged members of society to submit anonymous tip-offs to police about any suspected criminal activity.

"It is the duty of every law abiding citizen who knows or suspects that a police killer is living in their neighbourhood, to blow the whistle, even if they do so anonymously.

Nhleko says people should work hand-in-hand with police to combat crime.

"It therefore makes no sense for communities to hide and shield or simply ignore police killers in their midst. They must be rooted out.

He adds that the South African Police Service will continue to support the families of those who died in the line of duty.

Speaking earlier today, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said the nation should celebrate the courage and dedication of officers who've died in the line of duty.

She told the families of the deceased police officers that although they are filled with grief they should not be overcome by emotion.

"Let's not only mourn their passing but rejoice their lives and celebrate their courage."

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