Cop shops not 'political playgrounds'

2012-10-12 14:39

Johannesburg - Civil society should help ensure that local police stations do not become "political playgrounds", Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.

"We need communities to play [an] oversight role on police... we urge you to constructively critic[ise] police where they do wrong, but equally compliment them where they excel," he said in a speech prepared for delivery in Jane Furse, Limpopo.

"We emphasise this point, precisely because police stations are not political playgrounds. They have never been and will never be."
He said police needed to be accountable to the communities they served.

"Neither are the SAPS (SA Police Service) nor our police stations playgrounds where criminals can come and befriend our members," Mthethwa said.

Different spaces

"We cannot have police and criminals in the same space, being cordial. To them we must be tough, and send a message that this government will not tolerate criminality."

Mthethwa was speaking at the launch of a festive season crime-fighting campaign.

Police kicked off the operation countrywide in September and it would run until the end of January.

"Our main objective is to call upon all South Africans to partner with the police in fighting the scourge of crime. This year's operations will build upon the previous year's lessons and successes," Mthethwa said.

"We will also increase high visibility patrols at all tourist destinations, especially along the coastal cities."

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-12 14:46

    "that this government will not tolerate criminality." the gov is the criminals.

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-12 15:09

      Mmmm, Mthethwa and where exactly, have the SAPS excelled..? The only one I can think of is in the circumferences of their waistlines...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-12 15:35

      Very good description "Cop shop" for here you may buy or hire police outfits, guns an ammo. so definitly not a "playground".

  • francois.smith.7 - 2012-10-12 14:46

    Sort of a strange comment coming from the minister appointed by a pres who not only used the police, but also the courts and the NPA as a political playground and he (Nathi) said NOTHING.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-12 15:02

      Why should civil society be watching what happens at police stations. Surely that's the Commissioner and Minister's jobs.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-12 15:17

      And had the taxpayer pay to have a wall built around his house. WHY?

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-12 14:54

    Good on yer... now please don't take offence if we do and take us seriously.

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-12 14:58

    Strong words and encouraging - now back these words up and let's see a big increase in working those dusty dockets. Increase the rate of convicted criminals that have been caught, the public is right behind you. Work hard, show us you are serious and we will back you up and give credit when and where credit is due.

  • John - 2012-10-12 14:58

    Nice platitudes from the esteemed honourable minister. Put a peace officer on each street corner and we will appreciate it when we do not find a POLICY ENFORCING BULLYING THUG who has lost sight that he is to SERVE the PEOPLE by protecting them and maintaining an orderly PEACE!! He must learn that he does NOT instruct or ORDER the PEOPLE around until he has ARRESTED them for the commission of a CRIME!!

      John - 2012-10-12 15:32

      Spot on John! As close to the truth as you can get.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-12 15:02

    Its more of a political ground cos thy abuse state resources to fight their political demons,whos fooling who?

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-12 15:06

    Lie, lie lie, again and again.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-12 15:10

    Civil society. Such a tiny minority in SA. This request is like Mission Impossible! Why don't our esteemed, honourable and distinguished politicians lead by example?

  • John - 2012-10-12 15:30

    HAHAHAHAHA, coming from the ANC who use the police as a sometimes "state organ" against normal citizens is quite laughable, Nathi(or should that be "nutty") Hypocrisy reigns!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-12 16:00

    What happened to Mama Piega the national commissioner?She's so quiet especially after the Marikana massacre.

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-10-12 16:26

    But we are criticising them on news24 which is the only way. Are you telling me that they are not reading our criticism. I am shocked by their disregard of public opinion. Idiots!!

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