Acting police commissioner proposes a management shakeup

2015-11-18 14:30
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Cape Town – Just over a month since he was appointed, the acting police commissioner is putting his mark on the department with a proposed restructuring of management to improve services.

Acting national commissioner Johannes Khomotso Phahlane, together with Minister Nathi Nhleko and deputy minister Maggie Sotyu and various support staff, presented a new organogram proposal to Parliament’s police committee.

The new structure is to streamline the work of the national commissioner’s office, with less component heads accountable to him.

The proposed structure would replace one signed off by suspended national commissioner Riah Phiyega in 2014.

Proposed changes included:
- Increasing the number of deputy national commissioners from three to five;
- Increasing the number of component heads from six to seven and
- Decreasing divisional commissioners from 15 to 13.
- The functions that reported directly to the national commissioner - including crime intelligence and the inspectorate - to be moved. “Our view is that you can locate them elsewhere and still achieve much more.”
- Facility management would be merged with supply management.

‘Current structure too expensive’

Phahlane told the committee on Wednesday the new structure would be about maximising the fight against crime.

“If we are to make a difference in the minds of our people, to make people feel safe, this structure is trying to do exactly that. The current structure was too expensive.”

Making an example of the auxiliary services division in the police department, he said there was no justification for it to be a stand-alone and would be absolved into the finance and admin services in the proposal.

“The proposal is informed by our need to improve on our efficiency and effectiveness.”

When opposition Members of Parliament expressed concern over the timing of the restructuring and questioned whether it would not be better to wait until the outcome of the enquiry against Phiyega, Phahlane said he was not going to turn a blind eye on issues that needed resolutions.

“If you were going to be lent a car, you are not necessarily the owner of the car. But if you find that the wheels of the car are flat, you are not going to ask the owner to fix it, you fix it. So that you can still get to your destination.”

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald quipped that he might change the wheels of the car, but would not add new mags and paint as the owner might not appreciate it.

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