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Police to hold summit on killings

2011-06-30 21:03

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa will look for a solution to police killings in an upcoming summit with various organisations and forums, he said on Thursday.

"There is a war out there, which by the way has been declared by criminals on society and police; and the society in this instance is on the side of the police," Mthethwa said in a statement.

"We are therefore calling upon all these different sectors, particularly to draw from their scientific, qualitative, personal and academic expertise on how we can all tackle this challenge of the killing of our members."

Mthethwa said police would also be looking at whether systems and strategies in the police force were effective at protecting police officers.

The summit in Boksburg on Friday next week would include representatives from community policing forums (CPFs), business and civic organisations, media, non-governmental organisations, research institutions and anti-crime campaigns.

A pledge would be signed by all stakeholders at the end of the summit to ensure that agreements and programmes agreed to were implemented.

National police commissioner Bheki Cele, deputy minister of police Maggie Sotyu and national CPF chairperson Mandla Mphuti would be among those speaking at the summit.

Comments
  • USSA - 2011-06-30 21:18

    Training....correct training...training...education...training....did I say training? Enforcing the law with intellect first and guns second will reduce crime.

      Warslat - 2011-06-30 21:52

      Instead of concentrating on police killings, do something about murder in general, police killings will automatically drop. Typical "look after ourselves" attitude

      Daemos1 - 2011-07-01 15:25

      Yep, don't need a summit to find common sense answers

  • thinker - 2011-06-30 21:27

    My personal view: 1. Clean-up the perception that the police "serve ANC first" 2.Ask Cele to drop the war talk.

  • nzs - 2011-06-30 21:44

    So, this uncircumcised moron (who moonlights as minister of safety and security - they now oddly call it a ministry of police) thinks that a summit will solve the problem. So, when it is convenient for him and his fellow un-snipped and buffoonery Bheki Cele to consult so as "to draw from their scientific, qualitative, personal and academic expertise", they do so - but are quick to snub those who were telling them that changing the name of the ministry will not yield to fruitful results (instead, a re-think of the crime-busting strategies will). But did they listen? Oh, no, it's not in their mindset to listen. And how about this for a nagel-gazing form of grand-standing: "...how we can all tackle this challenge of the killing of our [police] members". So, basically, this uncircumcised buffoon is telling us that the reason this summit is called is because "our members" are on the receiving side of crime. What a twaddle! And we have his recently circumcised former deputy (now a minister of sport and recreationg), whose antics can make you believe that he is still under the spell of the ANC Youth League, for which he was president. But then what can one expect with an equally un-snipped polygamist who advocates a post-coital shower as a preventative measure against HIV infection, being the "leader" of the pack?

      Voltage - 2011-07-01 08:22

      Dude, what is it with you and the male organ????? Really???

      letswai - 2011-07-01 08:41

      dude. whats wrong with u. are xhosa calling him nkwenkwe/or are jew calling him ......or what the f>>>ck is wrong with. i do no see any wisdom connected to circumsion.otherwise you are the worst alien living in sa in 2010

      nzs - 2011-07-01 09:10

      Jewish? Xhosa? No, our minister of Health (hailing from Limpopo) stated it that guys in Mpulamanga and KZN are not snipped. He started it, I am just spreading the word.

  • Rasky - 2011-06-30 21:46

    And the Farm Killings.Or are the majority of farmers Afrikaans!!!

  • Stanley Black - 2011-07-01 07:49

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. www.WeCanDoBetter.co.za is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • ReThan - 2011-07-01 07:55

    Why don't they do this with farm killings? I don't see anyone in government standing up and telling their followers "don't kill farmers".

  • Sisie - 2011-07-01 07:56

    How much is this "summit" going to cost. We have to find other ways to waste money - these "summits" are getting to be so boring. Get rid of all that superfluous weight that you carry around, get rid of corruption within the ranks (you give the good police a bad name)and act like you actually care about the people who you are supposed to be protecting, after all we are the ones who pay your salary. Do the job that you were hired to do.

  • Papsak - 2011-07-01 09:24

    Anyone out there with a tooth-brush that can shout "Police, police, police?". Mine is dead silence.

  • Niekie - 2011-07-01 10:16

    That is the answer to all their problems : let's have a summit/meeting/conference so that we can eat and drink and do nothing about it. Fat, lazy, useless and they get paid for it!

  • bob - 2011-07-01 11:02

    tell the president to F*CKING pull finger!

  • VELOCITY - 2011-07-01 11:28

    To effectively fight crime you need a few critical components to be in place: No 1: Intelligent and participative leadership committed to the fight. We DON't need a big mouth actor like Cele who is all hot air and no action. No 2: A police minister who actually has a brain. No 3: Actual police officers, not these racist thugs in uniform beating up innocent citizens, dealing drugs, pimping their sisters and soliciting bribes the whole day. As we have none of the above, I'm afraid we are f****d.

  • gallus - 2011-07-01 12:51

    Perhaps you should start by investigating the effect of the ANC-inspired and applauded necklacing of policemen during the "struggle" on the "people's" attitude towards the police in general and black policemen in particular. The result might be interesting.

  • Tom - 2011-07-01 13:19

    Go and read this letter, Mr. Cele, Mr. Mthethwa, and Ms. Sotyu: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/YourStory/Police-must-be-trustworthy-20110531

  • Sharon Smith - 2011-07-01 23:35

    @arslat: I agree..

  • Sharon Smith - 2011-07-01 23:36

    Sorry i meant @Warslat, i agree with you.

  • Mikus - 2011-07-08 13:10

    Oh yay! - let's hook up yet another wagon to the gravy express -

  • Mikus - 2011-07-08 13:34

    oh, something else, better give these summiting suckers oxygen because crime mountain is really high.

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