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Cape Town to fight for metro cops

2012-01-25 18:04

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town will fight tooth and nail for the retention of the country's metro police, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday.

De Lille said at the City's first council meeting the existence of the metro police was being threatened by a draft white paper on safety and security by the SA Police Service's civilian secretariat.

"This draft white paper proposes that metro and municipal police services be abolished and that they all fall under the purview of the national SA Police Service," she said.

"We will fight this move to do away with metro police with every resource at our disposal."

Doing away with metro police had been on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's agenda for some time, she said.

Local police services

The final Constitution adopted in 1996 "seemingly clearly stated" that the country would need a single police service, De Lille said.

However, the Constitution also made provision for local police services.

The philosophy of a community-based approach to crime fighting was adopted by Cape Town in 2006 with the realisation that one of the key players in the community was the city government itself.

Since then Cape Town had specialised its metro police service. De Lille said Cape Town had deployed several successful specialised units - Ghost Squad, Copperheads, Vice Squad, Drug Busters, and others - which had success in fighting crime due to "good intelligence, careful planning, and excellent training".

"The metro police have helped keep the people of Cape Town safe. If given the chance, they would continue to keep us safe," she said.

"It would be a tragedy if their good work was discontinued because of the imperatives of politics. Whether it applies to land invasions or centralising impulses from the national government, we should never allow politics to jeopardise the safety of our citizens."

Comments
  • Kim - 2012-01-25 18:20

    Stupid idea if you ask me. Why abolish the service if it works? Is safety not an issue anymore? Can only be those ministers in Gauteng trying to sabotage the DA again. SUCK IT UP ANC, AND LEARN FROM THE DA

      Rupesh - 2012-01-25 20:29

      There is a good reason to abolish it. If something works, it makes ANC looks bad, so they want to get rid of anything that works. They will never learn.

      Laurence - 2012-01-26 07:59

      It’s all about centralising control in a bid to retain as much power as possible while it slips through their fingers. If there is a local policing outfit in an opposition run province this means less control. The thing is the metro cops in Cape Town actually work, in JHB they just man roadblocks trying to score a bribe. So the ANC figure get rid of Metro Cops, they run the SAPS and voila.. control.

  • Ben - 2012-01-25 18:26

    Depending, of course, who are guilty of crime. It would only be the wish of criminals to reduce any form law enforcement.

  • Celtis - 2012-01-25 18:32

    The 10 commandments for governing this republic: If it works, break it If it looks like white magic, break it If it makes the ANC look bad, break it If it can be blamed on apartheid, break it If it benefits the few, do it If it has a blue light, use it If it is true, deny it If it is illegal, hide it If it can’t be taken, steal it If it damages the ANC, legislate against it,

  • Michael - 2012-01-25 18:37

    Rather protect the criminals! That's our government's motto! They are criminals themselves! You who voted ANC and plan to do so again open your eyes!!!

  • Jymiro - 2012-01-25 18:38

    Its a stupid move to ban the Metro police, if there are issues the government must find better ways of dealing with problems. I contend that Metro police cannot be given to much powers equal to the SAPS otherwise there will be conflict on jurisdictions. Metro police must deal with bylaw related matters and the SAPS with all criminal activities emanating fromnational and provincial legislation.

  • eddiebant - 2012-01-25 18:42

    This story is coming a long time now.The government wants to be in control of all and everything.

      Jymiro - 2012-01-25 18:51

      There is nothing wrong with that after all they are in government empowered by people who voted them. Lets not be blinded by the hate of the ANC or love of the DA. Everywhere in he whole there are always conflicts between national police and metro police. Lets not kill metr police but empower the to deal with local matters

      Andres - 2012-03-06 08:31

      Jymiro: "Exactly, empowered by people who voted them..." Empowered by the electorate of the Western Cape. We gave OUR government the mandate in our province. Thus, stealing powers from the province is an affront to our electorate. ANC-run councils can have their Metro Police as mandated by their electorates, our council was mandated by our electorate.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-25 18:52

    Lying on his bed in a two-roomed shack shared by his parents and his sister, Delon Egypt is recovering from eye surgery he received last week at Groote Schuur hospital.Egypt is one of four members of Hout Bay’s Hangberg community who lost an eye due to rubber bullets being fired at them by police during violent clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday last week when the City of Cape Town demolished shacks erected in a firebreak on Hout Bay’s Sentinel Hill – land owned by the South African National Parks. Another man was badly injured by a rubber bullet that hit him in the groin. Despite the surgery, Egypt still has the rubber bullet lodged in his skull. As a result he experienced his first fit and fears there will be more. He is not sure what further medical surgery will be required. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Cape Town Metro is disbanded for the above atrocities as well as shooting of small children on the orders of a DA councillor. I houp you read before you sprout rubbish.

      Activity Bookings - 2012-01-25 19:14

      What is your exact point, http://mg.co.za/tag/service-delivery-protests was these by an anc councillor?

      Activity Bookings - 2012-01-25 19:17

      At least they use rubber bullets. http://mg.co.za/article/2011-09-09-residents-up-in-arms-over-shooting

      Jymiro - 2012-01-25 19:20

      @Vegi, its being foolish to ban Metro's on the basis of the Cape Town municipality as you demostrate on your example. Actually the SAPS is the worse brutal police force and followed by the corrupt JMPD. Stats talk for themselves. I think a better argument is to rootout of bad elements ithon these forces, have competent station manager, provincial and national management that are not subjected to politcal pressure.

      SaintBruce - 2012-01-25 22:36

      Building a shack or informal dwelling in a FIREBREAK! Now THINK about that carefully. Poor people cook on what - with electricity on stoves ? No - they make fires , open fires. So doing this in a forested area in the fire break itself during a heatwave and drought condition needs to be recognised as a serious threat to more than the few homeless idiots but to a wider community as a whole. Stupidity is predictable! Such folks were evicted forcibly before as they failed to listen so now they go and try it again! Dumb is as dumb does, the Yanks say. Vegi - it is sad that folks got hurt. So how do you answer a forest fire started by these nutters that sweeps down into Hout Bay and burns fifty people to death? Oh but land owned by the state can be used without permission and the use is destructive to life and limb, but it's OK 'cos they're poor. Bollocks. get some sense Vegi, the common stuff, seek and ye shall find.

      pws69 - 2012-01-26 07:35

      VegHead, Your comments on the ANC SAPF KILLING protestors? Your comments on the ANC SAPF KILLING innocent drivers with their blue light brigades? Let us take your comment to its logical conclusion shall we? Disband the police force. Must be hard work being such a retard ALL OF THE TIME.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-25 18:54

    "hope"

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-25 19:00

    The crazy thing is how long and how much effort was taken to get them into place only 11 years ago! Now as a system they want to abolish it. That is a bit of poor planning to say the least.

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-25 21:22

    This ANC, They want to make sure that by the time, their time to govern is over South Africa is in chaos, Two month ago l was listerning to the news on a radio and they were taking about ANC Goverment and l was very happy when one Political Analyst(he was a black man) mention that DA in still going to rule SA no matter what,he even mention that things are still going to get worse under ANC Rule,l used to get angry and depressed when l read things like this, but now l heve come down.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-26 07:37

    If you centralise and control everything, you can conceal corruption and incompetence, and install your dictatorship by stealth. The NP government identified this as a central theme of the ANC back in the 1970's already. And so it is coming to pass.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-26 07:38

    Why the ANC PF want to get rid of non ANC controlled policing units: "This reportedly led to the destruction of evidence of links between politicians and crime bosses." Enough said.

  • Alisha - 2012-01-26 08:12

    SAPS in Cape Town have a dismal track record in supporting community-based crime fighting or crime prevention. Presently SAPS Central only has 8 vans operational, serving an area with some 1 million people. Standard Procedure should have one vehicle for every 25 000 people. It's a similar picture in other areas too. SAPS in Cape Town has blocked the Department of Safety and Security from doing audits on the police stations and Community Police forums are merely window dressing. Who, but the Metro police can issue all the traffic fines, bye-law fines etc? A reactionary police force (SAPS) is unsustainable. Only a pro-active, crime preventing one (Metro) will have an impact on crime.

  • Mary-Lou - 2012-01-26 08:44

    The sooner South Africans realize that the ANC are hell bent on creating a police state the better

      Glenn - 2012-01-26 16:52

      You tell em Mary-Lou!!!

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2012-01-26 09:05

    What's obvious to me is that the government wants less people in positions that are not under their direct control. You know, people that arent as brainwashed as some others. So that If they wanted to forcefully take power in cape town they can.

  • Judy - 2012-01-29 23:11

    I live in a highrise building and daily see the Metro cops doing good deeds for motorists. Even to supplying light bulbs for their headlights. They do all kinds of odd repair jobs and seldom have I seen them issue a ticket for the original offence - like no lights on or lights not working. I see them assisting at acciedents a plenty that happen outside our windows on a daily basis. Well done to Cape Town Metro cops. May they go on permanently. They do more good than harm. You keep it up Helen, Fight for your systems thare working so welll here in the Western Cape. Ignore criticism, it is really just called JEALOUSY!!! plain and simple.

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