Debate on the Budget Vote for Police by Cde Phindile Mmola in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)

23 July 2019

Chairperson

Crime has always been an area of concern for the ANC. The ANC’s 2014 Election Manifesto committed to the promotion of safer communities and giving special attention to fighting crime. The ANC noted in its 2012 strategy and tactics, that there should be promotion of social cohesion and that there should be a deliberate collective action to promote a positive role by members of the society in promoting a culture of zero crime rate. ANC led government has consolidated partnerships across society to strengthen social cohesion and ensure that our country achieves its value of a caring society.

Chairperson

The war against crime is not the exclusive the responsibility of the police, but of every single member of society.  Those who commit crimes are members of our communities.  They are our neighbors, our friends, our siblings, our spouses, yet we choose to be complicit in their crimes by being silent.  Failure to report a crime makes one an accomplice and an enabler of criminal conduct.  If we are to succeed in our fight against crime, behavior in our communities must change.  It starts with an individual who must refuse to remain silent, while others are maimed, killed and their livelihoods destroyed.

Chairperson

The National Development Plan’s Outcome 3 states that: “In 2030, all people living in South Africa feel safe, have no fear of crime, are properly served by the police and courts, and in which corruption no longer eats away at their livelihoods.” in this regard, we call upon all stakeholders to join hands with the South African Police Service in the national effort to create a safer and secure South Africa. We urge all our people to assist the police to prevent and combat crime by, among other things, refraining from buying stolen goods, reporting crime and exposing criminals within their homes and communities. Looseness of crimes against women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Chairperson

As we move forward, we want to disarm South Africa. We must silent guns by 2063 in doing so; we have developed a tailored programme for the recovery of stolen and state owned firearms. Parallel to this programme is the recovery of the stolen and robbed vehicles of the police, including the brutal killing of the police. This will not be successful if we lack necessary skills in detective services. We should determine, more than ever before to look acutely in the areas of detection rate, counter intelligence and the reinforcement of informers.  We hope this will limit serious crimes against our people, especially crimes like the contract crimes, crimes against women and crimes against our children.

Chairperson

Our law enforcement agencies must similarly rise to the occasion and find new and innovative ways to combat crime and violence. We as the ANC government are on record as having called for the resourcing and strengthening of specialized police units to break the stranglehold of criminals and we commend the minister of police to heeding our call by establishing specialized police units, which are fighting crimes in the Western Cape in particular.

Chairperson

The reduction of contact crime remains a challenge, specifically where vulnerable groups such as women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly are involved. The reality is that the Underlying causes are deep rooted in prevailing socio-economic conditions often beyond the control of the police. The NDP Has identified the need to develop an integrated approach in the combating of crime through the implementation of various crime combating strategies, in order to build a safer country requires partnership and open communication with the community address specific elements of contact crime.

Chairperson

Many of the matters that are in the public domain with regard to the management and competing mandates of institutions in the Peace and Stability Cluster could be solved by a proper overhaul of the SAPS Act. The same applies to the Secretariat and IPID. Matters of governance, reporting lines, institutional arrangements and oversight should be clear and simple. The legislative framework should empower the state to intervene more effectively in dealing with crime. The core business should always be fighting crime, effective policing and community participation in ensuring safer communities

Chairperson

 The Department of police should Re-establish units staffed with highly trained and professional police officers, to respond to changing crime trends such as narcotics, cybercrime, human trafficking, crimes against women and children, and international crime syndicates." Excellence and professionalism should be the hallmark of our police service.

Chairperson

We need to move faster with the establishment of the National Policing Board that is provided for the National Development Plan. The Board with multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary expertise should set standards for recruiting, selecting, appointing and promoting of police officers. The Board should also develop a code of ethics and analyze the professional standing of policing, based on international norms and standards.

Chairperson,

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) contributes to building safer communities (as outlined in the national development plan) and ensures that all people in South Africa are and feel safe. The IPID Act enhances the Directorate’s investigative capacity and creates an opportunity for a strong, independent oversight body, which will in consequence contribute, to the achievement of a police service that operates in line with the spirit of the Constitution.

Chairperson

The work of IPID takes place within an environment of increased incidents of public protests. These incidents lead to an increase in the SAPS involvement in crowd control management, which in most cases result in unintended consequences. Given these events of public protests, it is clear that these actions significantly influence the overall picture of deaths because of police actions, complaints relating to the discharge of official firearm by a police officer and complaints of torture or assault against police officers in the execution of his or her duties. These developments are likely to further increase pressure on the IPID and its core business as outlined in the IPID Act.

Chairperson

PID has achieved significant success in the fight against corruption. It has intensify the fight against corruption, fraud and maladministration conducted by the members of the police service. The IPID encounters many challenges, which includes amongst other things inadequate funding and resources. PID has achieved significant success in the fight against corruption. It has intensify the fight against corruption, fraud and maladministration conducted by the members of the service. However, IPID still encounters many challenges, which includes amongst inadequate funding and resources. The IPID has an important mandate to root out any form of transgression within the police service irrespective of the position of the alleged transgressor. Public confidence and moral is slowly been restored thus, enhancing social partnership between the service and the communities

Chairperson

The current lack in human resource capacity and the high staff turnover pose a significant threat in the fulfilment of the Directorate’s legislative mandate and consequently the achievement of its strategic outcomes and goals.  The mandatory reporting and investigation of serious and priority crimes allegedly committed by members of the SAPS and the Municipal Police Services has resulted in an increased workload for the Directorate. 

In order to address the aforesaid pressures and to ensure that the IPID fully complies with its legislative mandate and added reporting responsibilities, additional resources will have to be sourced for this current period. The current economic climate and the allocation of funding might bring about additional challenges in this regard. Nevertheless, the Directorate is committed to deliver on its legislative mandate in order to contribute towards the achievement of the ultimate outcome, namely, a police service that is trusted by the community.  

The ANC government reiterates its support for the functional and operational independence of the Directorate as the oversight mechanism to keep criminality within the ranks of the SAPS in check

Chairperson

Our effort in policing South Africa is about humanity and its development Therefore our determination and effort is about honor and integrity. It is all about upholding ethics and values of our forefathers in creating a humane society.

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