Acting police commissioner ready to steer SAPS in right direction

2015-10-14 19:18

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Cape Town - Acting national police commissioner Johannes Khomotso Phahlane is ready to steer the SAPS in the right direction.

Phahlane was named acting national commissioner after President Jacob Zuma suspended Riah Phiyega, pending an investigation into her fitness to hold office.

Speaking to Parliament’s police committee hours after he was announced as the acting commissioner of police, Phahlane assured members that the police service was ready to do what was expected of it.

When Phiyega’s suspension was announced, she was in the middle of a meeting with the committee, detailing some of the challenging areas of policing, including detective services, which was named the weakest programme in the SAPS.

Phahlane, who was thrown right into the hot seat, told the committee that they did not need to worry about the leadership issues in the police.

Six months to turn SAPS around

"We will, in the absence of the national commissioner, steer this organisation to a direction. We respect the decision of the president to allow due processes to take place," he said.

He said they knew they had at least six months to turn things around in the different police units.

"It's not our intention at all to change the plan which is in place; ours is to go and relook at our strategies and approaches which could make us cover some ground and hopefully, come the end of the financial year, the picture will look different.

"We of course know one of our key programmes where delivery is expected is detective services," Phahlane said.

Phahlane, who is currently the divisional commissioner for forensic services at the SAPS, said they would do some serious introspection to get the detectives services up to standard.

The Farlam Commission, headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam, which investigated the deaths of 44 people killed during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, in August 2012, recommended that Phiyega face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  parliament 2015

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