Minister praises police women's network

2010-11-23 11:27

Johannesburg - The police's women's network is a fundamental resource in the fight against crime, the police minister said on Monday.

"The struggle is now about creating safety, fighting the scourge of rape, abuse, lawlessness, poverty and hunger... We have the resources to succeed... One of the fundamental resources is the women's network," said Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa.

He was speaking at the police's 2010 women's prestige awards in Port Elizabeth.

"Indeed when we talk about empowerment of women, educating and promoting human rights and social participation of women police officers - we are talking about the Saps Women's Network.

"The network must resist from being turned into a talk-show where we discuss petty issues... It must be used to advance women in their endeavours of reducing crime and accelerating poverty alleviation."

He also announced that newly-appointed deputy police minister, Maggie Sotyu, would be taking over leadership of all women-empowerment projects within the police force.