Phone and complain about corruption

2012-04-14 16:33

» Presidential Hotline: Email: president@po.gov.za Tel: 17737

» Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Chief of Staff Amelia Mashego Email: MashegoAmeliah@saps.org.za Tel: (021) 467-7004 and (012) 393-2800

» Civilian Secretariat for Police: Secretary Jenny Irish-Qobosheane: Personal Assistant Noluthando Xaban Email: xuban@saps.gov.za Tel: 012-393-2500

» Parliamentary portfolio committee on police: Chairperson Lydia Chikunga: Personal Assistant Zurayna van der Meulen zvandermeulen@parliament.gov.za Tel: 021 403-9644

If you are as shocked as we are by the revelations of corruption and mis-management in the police service, please phone or write to the leadership using the details we have provided above.

Never let us be a country which becomes bent in the eyes of its people as they watch like passive bystanders.

Here is why we think you should phone and complain.

Everybody knows that crime is standing in the way of South Africa’s success.

It is an ill that harms South Africans and makes us less safe in our homes, on our streets and has made public space a contested zone.

It cuts across race and class.

In fighting it, crime intelligence services in the police service are a vital part of an effective crime-fighting arsenal.

How? Criminal intelligence is the gathering of information about organised and priority crime.

By infiltrating syndicates, gangs and the various mafia that hold us to ransom, the police can gather vital information to assist in closing down organised crime. Most violent crime has an organised route to it.

Car hijacking may appear random and individual but the criminal loot is sold into a sophisticated industry that moves the cars across the borders or which supplies the parallel spares network.

It’s the same with cash in transit heists or ATM bombings.

Whenever a specific type of crime is successfully reduced, it is always because of the effective parlaying of intelligence networks.

For several weeks now, we have published information about the plunder of the criminal intelligence division’s funds of the SA Police Service.

This has occurred under the command of Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, the recently reinstated director of the division.

This happened despite a damning investigation into the theft and mismanagement of criminal intelligence funds was mysteriously dropped after political interference.

Moreover, it has been revealed that Mdluli and his cohorts have been charged with or implicated in murder, rape and kidnapping cases. In each instance, the case has been mysteriously lost and key evidence has disappeared, again and again.

This is not the man to keep us safe.

Ask our political leaders why he is in charge and why he is being allowed to get away with murder. We’re not the kind of country or people who know how to turn a blind eye. 

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