No leave for officers over festive season

Phiyega has taken a decision that leave will only be granted under very special and strict circumstances.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has decided no officers will be granted leave during over the festive season in an effort to combat crime over the period.

Phiyega says she wants to ensure there are sufficient officers on the ground across the country.

A number of shopping malls and banks in Gauteng and beyond have been hit by armed robbers in recent months.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale says, "The national commissioner has taken a decision that leave will only be granted under very special and strict circumstances."