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Don't deal with crime haphazardly - MEC

2011-09-18 23:15

Johannesburg - The North West government had stepped up the fight against police killings, Public Safety MEC Desbo Mohono said on Sunday.

"Criminals feel the pressure that we are exerting on them, and now they have resorted to reducing our men and women in dignified (sic) blue," Mohono said.

Speaking at the provincial conference of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) in Klerksdorp, she described police killing as a national crisis.

She said the ministry of police has decided to make the fight against police killings a priority.

"These killings continue to undermine the human capital investment the country has built over many years of toiling which cannot be replaced overnight."

Four police officers have been killed in North West since the beginning of this year, two of them in one week.

Mohono said the response to crime was another problem experienced in the police service.

Crime patterns

"We need to study the crime patterns and trends so that our response is decisive and effective.

"We must not deal with crime haphazardly. As a point of departure, the criminal justice system needs to be transformed such that the co-ordination is not only on top with ministers, it also filters down to the magistrates, constable and warders on the ground," she said.

"We also need to enhance the witness protection programme. Our communities do not have confidence that they would be protected thus resulting in them not coming forward with relevant information."

She said the fight against crime could not be won when corruption was rife in public service in general and in the police, justice and the correctional services.

"The battle lines are drawn and our members are either on the side of the law or with the criminals. We cannot run with the hares and hunt with the hounds."

She said an officer who befriends criminals or offenders in prison betrays his oath of office and was a danger to the police service.

"An officer who overlooks an offence for a bribe is a leech who will bleed all of us to death to satisfy their greed."

Comments
  • v3 - 2011-09-18 23:48

    And the rot starts right at the tippy top of the ANC. "An officer who overlooks an offence... " that certainly applies to the ANC parliamentary caucus.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-19 07:14

      I love how all of them freely admit to it when talking at a press conference yet when do we see any high ranking officers/politicians being held responsible for corruption?

  • Spyker May - 2011-09-19 00:02

    "corruption rife in public service" - what an understatement. SA is the most corruption ridden basket-case in the known universe...

  • noxiboxi - 2011-09-19 03:56

    This article is the same as the thousands of others about crime. We need to do this, we need to do that. Yet, you go into a police station and find them literaly sleeping on the Job... nothing has changed.

  • Dave50 - 2011-09-19 05:02

    Pity we only hear about the bad ones, there are a lot of good policemen, but the bad are really bad and they go all the way to the top, so the ANC should teach by example. Not the occasional one brought to justice as lip service when they have even gone too far to cover up any more.

  • leonard - 2011-09-19 06:48

    I can but laugh at these periodic statements made by various public officials.It is a situation of been there done that.Heard it all before without the appropriate action ever being taken.A suggestion,you talk the talk,NOW WALK THE WALK.Such a pity that the good police(and there are many)earn such bad reputations because of a minority of really bad ones.

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-09-19 07:26

    The police must earn some respect first, currently nobody has respect for them. I'm sure Popcru has a lot to do with them no longer being respected, they're not exactly big in condemning poor police work ethic.

  • Thandi - 2011-09-19 07:43

    Our police services have a huge mountain to climb in order to gain some credibility. As their so-called 'services' rate at the moment, it is a sad state of affairs when the public are more afraid of being mugged by a uniformed policeman that by a crook. There may be some good cops out there, but unfortunately they are all tarred with the same brush, especially when we daily see the policeman impersonations being carried out by the head honcho.

  • d2eguy - 2011-09-19 07:49

    this corrupton in the SAP starts from the top , look at cele and the lease from a friend story . the ANC has created the monster with all the fraud and corruption and now the gravy train is getting too full and SA is running low on funds now they want to complain as the cake is getting too small . viva corruption , viva fraud , viva ANC .

  • Kevin King - 2011-09-19 09:11

    "We need to study the crime patterns and trends" Does this not entail analysing crime by age, gender AND race? This cannot be allowed to happen!

  • Badballie - 2011-09-19 10:44

    so disband them all, you can start with the Hawks

  • Xena - 2011-09-19 10:48

    "She said the fight against crime could not be won when corruption was rife in public service in general and in the police, justice and the correctional services." They take their cue from on high - all corruption, bribery, nepotism etc needs to be stopped from the top down!!!

  • Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-09-19 12:09

    What about making crime in general a priority????

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