DA, protesters deliver memorandum to Phiyega

Phiyega accepted the memorandum and said police are equally concerned about SA's high crime rate.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) handed over a memorandum to National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on 13 November 2014, demanding she do more to lower South Africa's crime rate. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has handed over a memorandum to National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, demanding she do more to lower South Africa's crime rate.

Party members and families of victims of crime have marched to her office in Pretoria, demanding stronger action, better police equipment and increased training for officers.

The mother and aunt of three-year-old Curburne van Wyk, who was murdered and dumped at a mine site in Reiger Park earlier this year, are also in attendance.

The protesters accuse Phiyega of protecting the African National Congress (ANC), deliberately refusing to investigate former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and failing to prevent the Marikana tragedy.

The DA's John Moody handed over the memorandum.

"Let's look at our detectives and the forensics laboratories, they are under-equipped and under-manned."

Phiyega accepted the memorandum and said police are equally concerned about the high crime rate.

"There are issues that the 200,000 members of the police wake up each morning to work on. They shall never be the job of the police alone."

Van Wyk's family broke down as a moment of silence was observed for victims of crime.

Earlier, the DA warned that if Phiyega doesn't listen to their grievances and advice on how to improve the police service, they will be calling for her removal.