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Police must cater for deaf - Mthethwa

2012-09-11 22:16

Johannesburg - The SA Police Service needs to employ sign language interpreters, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

"We need to have police stations which employ sign language interpreters... to ensure that all members of society are catered for," he stated.

"This should be a service which upholds and protects the fundamental rights of citizens, and executes its mandate in accordance with the Constitution."

According to Mthethwa, police relied on external-registered interpreters who were called to stations when needed.

The police's disability management branch was now working on improving services for disabled victims.

"When victims report crimes, they must not be compromised through wrong interpretation and badly-written statements, as well as misunderstanding of their experiences."

Mthethwa said better service, well-trained police officers, and improved statement writing at police stations could lead to more criminal convictions.

Comments
  • mihaip007 - 2012-09-11 23:52

    I have a sign for you nathi - it has a middle finger!!!!! Is THIS your idea of creating new jobs in sa???? Please - sort out the marikana nonsense and the cape flats gangsterism as well as train your idiotic police officers, and stop hiding behind issues that are of a less importance - currently the country is ready to go on FIRE!!!! oh yeah - and while you are at it, get someone COMPENTENT NON-CORRUPT (as a matter of fact get someone who does NOT look like a gangster) at the helm of the police force!

      tshepo.maseko.50 - 2012-09-13 08:19

      007 there is a say: \to put a limit on a person bcos of of disabilit is to fall pray for a disability mind\..u will never understand to b Deaf until ur deaf urself or hav a Deaf child. As a Deaf activist myself,ur comments r gross, churlish n full of discriminatinatory tendencies. While u can open a case with easy the fact u can speak n hear,the majority of Deaf people cases r discarded n misinterpreted thus lead to justice not taking its cause due miscommunication. Your comments don't collerate with the post and you should have checked yoyr balls before replying here,fortunately I know how the freedom of speech is abuses by some of you heartless SA's. As its Deaf Awareness Month our main goal is to lobby for access and we had to confront the SAPS to ensure the safety of Deaf community is given attention it deserves and justice r served,so best advice if you are here to disagree with nathi about his statement on basis of improving Deaf community matters of service delivery and to come here complain about the cape flats,u know what to do \show u middle finger on top of the cape flats\ u will get the attention u deserve while I'm \showing a complimentary sign for nathi 4 the first time\..get to grips u moron!

  • Carina Tudhope - 2012-09-12 11:40

    This is a great idea! People with disabilities should enjoy the same rights and the rest of the country, particularly as they are a vulnerable population!

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