Police must act on promises

2015-10-01 06:00

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) welcome the outcome of a meeting held between the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko and the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) on 12 September 2015.

The media has reported that during the meeting the Minister communicated his commitment to the implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into Policing in August 2014.

A letter written to the Minister on Wednesday, 16 September 2015, on behalf of the SJC, NU and Equal Education similarly welcomed a previous announcement by the minister, also reported in the media, of the development of a national plan to change the way human, physical and financial resources are allocated within the South African Police Service.

In addition, the letter welcomed the establishment of the task team, comprising of both SAPS and Western Cape Government representatives, tasked to constructively engage with the Commission’s recommendations.

Our organisations are hopeful that the Minister’s recent announcements will set a precedent for the work of the task team and inform its terms of reference.


It has been a year since the Commission ended, and although there have now been favourable announcements regarding the Commission’s findings and recommendations, substantive action and decisive leadership has been wanting.

An increasing number of communities have been venting their frustrations around the lack of police resources and have resorted to vigilante attacks.

Given the Minister’s public commitment to the implementation of the commission’s recommendations, we expect a positive and timely written response to the memorandum handed to the Minister’s office on 25 August 2015 during a protest at Parliament.

We expect the response to include clear plans and timeframes.

The deadline for the response is tommorow, 25 September.

In addition, our letter to the minister made a call for a clear and public statement on the mandate of the task team, mentioned above, along with a request that the minutes and outcomes of the task team meetings be made public.

Our organisations are ready to work with Saps nationally and to further strengthen our relationships with Saps locally to give substance to the recommendations.

However, should the Minister fail to meet these demands or engage substantively with our organisations, we will have no other option but to seek relief from the Courts

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