Tutu, Madonsela address crime conference

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu thanked police officers for putting their lives on the line.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has thanked police officers for putting their lives on the line for South African citizens.

Tutu addressed the crowd on day two of the 35th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference in Cape Town early on Tuesday.

In true Tutu fashion, the Archbishop got the auditorium roaring with laughter as he opened his address with a personal joke.

He then thanked the South African Police Service members for putting their lives on the line to make South Africa a safer place for all.

Tutu says before South Africa became a democracy, police weren't known as friends of the public, but rather as individuals whom citizens feared.

Tutu adds he continues to pray for their safety as police play a vital role in society.

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At the same time, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela called on South Africans to unite against corruption.

Madonsela told hundreds of delegates it was essential criminals knew their illegal actions would have harsh consequences.

She said while she would not classify South Africa as a corrupt country, the nation faced many problems related to crime.

The advocate has called on South Africans to mobilise against corruption which she called a common enemy.

She said if there were no corrupt individuals, there would be no corrupt individuals occupying government or the private sector.