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KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Willies Mchunu has condemned police accepting bribes.
"It slashes the trust between the community and police," he said.
Mchunu made the statement during his unannounced visits to three Durban police stations, where he urged officers to remain professional.
"I call on police not to fall to the trap of criminals bribing them. Your duty is not to negotiate but to arrest," Mchunu said .
His visits to the Umbilo, Cato Manor and Mayville police stations were aimed at checking the capacity of each station. He also wanted to experience first hand the challenges faced by officers on a daily basis.
"Today is the day of rediscovery. I will today rediscover my role as the MEC and as a community member. One has to start at cleaning the mess at home before going out to other places. My visit started in the Umbilo area because I reside here," Mchunu said.
He said government alone would not win the war against crime. He urged the community to work with police as well as community policing forums.
"CPFs should be utilised in fighting crime. Street committees are another initiative to combat crime," Mchunu said.
The common challenges experienced by police stations are lack of sufficient manpower, vehicles and budgetary constraints.
Police officers at the stations visited welcomed Mchunu's surprise stopovers, saying they were encouraged by his concern.