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'Officers must remember their training when facing cop killers'

Riah Phiyega says she will fully support the actions taken by her officers within the confines of the law.

Riah Phiyega says she will fully support the actions taken by her officers within the confines of the law. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has told officers to remember their training when facing cop killers, saying she will support their actions taken within the confines of the law.

Phiyega and Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba reaffirmed their commitment to curbing cop murders on Thursday, adding 42 people have been arrested for the attacks on 16 Gauteng officers this year.

On Thursday, Gauteng police shot dead two suspects believed to be involved in the murders of two Soweto officers who were gunned down in Dobsonville earlier this week.

Phiyega says police continue to do their job in the face of heavily armed criminals despite daily criticism and low morale.

Mothiba says service pistols, hand radios and police dockets were recovered from the arrested suspects who have been linked to other robberies.

In the latest killing, two officers investigating a rape case in Dobsonville were chased by suspects and shot execution style before the gang made off with their guns and a docket.

WATCH: The South African Police Service at the weekend held a commemoration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for police officers who died in the line of duty in the past year.