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Phahlane urges police to work closely with communities to combat crime

Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane says the police must work closely with those they serve.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane listens to questions during an update on the #Fees2017 protests in Pretoria on 10 October 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien

PRETORIA – Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has emphasised the importance of the police working closely with the communities they serve in order to combat crime.

The lieutenant general was speaking at a recruit graduation ceremony in the west of Pretoria on Thursday.

The event was one of several held around the country which will see nearly 5,000 new constables being deployed to police stations to finish their training.

Phahlane says the police must work closely with those they serve.

“Remember that the community we serve are our partners and mutual respect between the police and our public are vital ingredients of the Back to Basics approach.”

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko reminded them of their duties.

“As a new member of the South African Police Service, you’re now the defender of the law and the upholder of what’s right. Back away from immoral influences, criminality and corruption.”

The new recruits will be deployed to malls across the country over the festive season.

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(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)