'No amount of emotion should allow cops to break the law'

Khomotso Phahlane said the priority now is to go back to the core of policing and prioritise investigations.

FILE: Police officer standing behind barbed wire. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, said no amount of emotions can be allowed to push police officers to break the law, while executing their duties.

Phahlane took over from suspended police chief Riah Phiyega, who is yet to face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Phahlane said the priority now is to go back to the core of policing and prioritise investigations, crime prevention and intelligence gathering.

"We've taken a position to go back to basics, to adopt back to basics approach."

Phahlane said police killings are a serious issue, but nothing can justify brutality or executions of suspected criminals.

"Our action must remain within the confines of the law and no amount of emotions must turn us to act outside those parametres."

He admits police morale is not at the level it should be at and this is another focus area.

At the same time, Phahlane has also admitted police morale is not at the level it should be at and said it's time to go back to basics.

He has also said that no amount of emotions or pressure can push police officers to break the law and all police have a constitutional duty to serve their communities.

"It is important that we firstly talk to the language that the police people on the ground understand and to make them do what they can do best, patrol the streets of our country, increase our policing visibility and place much more emphasis on the investigation of crime."