New Western Cape top cop: Cases won, lost at crime scene

2016-02-10 12:41
Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula (Jenni Evans, News24)

Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Newly-installed Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula wants officers to go back to basics to beat crime in the province.

"We think there have been gaps in... the way in which we should be doing things," he told the province's committee on safety and security in the Western Cape legislature on Wednesday.

"We must realise we win and lose most of the cases at the scene of the crime," he said.

"It is at the scene of a crime where you have chances of extracting physical evidence - the DNA, the fingerprints. Also, if you make inquiries from bystanders you can get information, you can use technology, all to improve the investigation."

Now in his 9th day on the job, Jula took over from Major General Thembisile Patekilethe, who was acting in the position after previous commissioner Arno Lamoer was suspended and his contract not renewed while corruption charges were being investigated against him.

Focus on gangs, drug-related crimes

Lamoer, Brigadier Kolindren Govender, his wife Sharon, and Brigadier Darius van der Ross faced 109 charges of corruption, racketeering, and money laundering, involving approximately R1.6m for allegedly accepting money and gifts from a businessman in exchange for special treatment.

Transferred from KwaZulu-Natal, Jula said he would focus on overcoming gang and drug-related crimes and murders, and would take a keen interest in what people expect from the police by holding community meetings and road shows.

Jula promised to fill vacancies and build morale among police to keep them positive and operationally ready.

With the increased protests in the province, he would also fill vacancies at Public Order Policing.

Jula said that improved evidence gathering should help deal with concerns about people being arrested and then set free because there was not enough evidence to hold them, or bail being granted to dangerous criminals.

Officers would also be asked to explain if bail was granted when it should not have been.

"These are the things we are going to have do now, since we are once again reminded that we need to go back to basics."

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