Metro Police scandal is ‘too big to bury’, says councillor

2014-08-13 00:00

THE proposed health audit of the city’s Metro Police is still on the cards and could get the go-head in the next two weeks.

The force — which has limped from crisis to crisis in recent months including officers being implicated in an armed robbery — is to have its entire structure scrutinised by an independent team.

In July a report tabled before the city’s executive council by city manager Sbu Sithole asking permission for the audit was deferred by the ANC caucus on the grounds that they wanted to discuss the matter further with Sithole.

The report said the need for an investigation was based on serious allegations of maladministration, abuse of power, sex scandals, union problems and leadership battles.

“In doing a health appraisal the review team will be able to find out what the internal structural, cultural and leadership concerns are and what has led to them,” said the report.

Sithole told The Witness after an executive council meeting yesterday that the report is likely to be tabled again before month’s end.

“There is nothing sinister about the proposed audit. We as a city must see whether the Metro Police is sufficiently resourced and what changes may be necessary,” said Sithole.

He said it was also important to look into the claims surfacing in the media.

Senior eThekwini DA councillor Heinz de Boer said there was every indication the audit would take place.

“This is too big to bury. It can’t be delayed any further. The Metro Police is in a state of crisis but there is a lot of politics involved which is why we need an independent team to oversee the audit,” said De Boer.

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