Acclaim for noble police work

When criminals target a globally celebrated figure such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the incident is bound to hit national and international headlines - if not receive urgent police attention.

When criminals target a globally celebrated figure such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the incident is bound to hit national and international headlines - if not receive urgent police attention.

Naturally this was the case when burglars struck at the struggle icon's Orlando West home in Soweto at the weekend. Police sprang into action and made their first arrest within hours of the break-in.

To that extent, police deserve a pat on the back for their enterprising piece of detective work - something that should be replicated in other criminal cases involving the man-in-the-street as well. Their prompt reaction must serve as both example and eye-opener to their colleagues, that they can solve crimes quicker when they respond to distress calls speedily.

Public complaints about the police's slow response to calls from distressed crime victims are legendary - as are gripes about excuses of the lack of police vehicles to visit crime scenes.

Without detracting from our rare praise for the police, we note that a police officer's job is not easy in this country. It invariably is fraught with danger - let alone working long hours for meagre pay.

We doff our hats to the country's police officers who are committed to making our neighbourhoods crime-free.

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