Cabinet condemns police spat

2012-05-04 16:06

Cape Town - Cabinet has condemned an ongoing public spat between senior police officers and urged them to stop, Performance Monitoring Minister Collins Chabane said on Friday.

"These public spats do not enhance government efforts to fight crime in the country," he told journalists, following Cabinet's regular fortnightly meeting.

"Cabinet further calls on the South African Police [Service] not to be distracted from fighting crime and [to] ensure law and order [are maintained] in the country."

Chabane said Cabinet expressed serious concern about the reported high-level cases of crime and police officers involved in wrongdoing. This was an affront to the confidence and trust people should have in the safety and security of the country.

Furthermore, Cabinet continued to particularly condemn the sexual violence perpetrated on women, teenagers, and young children.

Cabinet had set up a high-level ministerial team comprising the ministers of justice and constitutional development, police, communications, women, children and people with disabilities, home affairs, basic education, and health, to be convened by the ministry of social development.

This high-level team was tasked with devising both short and long-term measures to deal with the escalation of criminality in the country.

"Cabinet appeals to both local and international media to exercise greater sensitivity to the victims of violent crimes, particularly women and children, when reporting on this matter," Chabane said.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-04 16:08

    "Cabinet further calls on the South African Police [Service] not to be distracted from fighting crime and [to] ensure law and order [are maintained] in the country." You know it is bad when they have to be reminded what their jobs are...

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-04 16:17

      distracts them from fighting crime? LOL! you have to first of all BE FIGHTING CRIME, to be distracted!

      Stewart - 2012-05-04 16:26

      They are the crime.

      Jack - 2012-05-04 18:33

      WTF do they expect? when you build a house (government) on a broken foundation (Zuma Administration) the whole rotten structure comes crashing down. People are sheep either you lead by good example or by bad example

      Alf - 2012-05-06 08:03

      Sharon, you must understand that it is very difficult for SAPS to fight crime with so many who should be behind bars in their ranks and command structures.

  • Mark - 2012-05-04 16:10

    Too chicken to fire the parasitic and crooked Police elements. Colins Chabane is just blowing off gas.

      Piet - 2012-05-04 16:16

      Fire a cadre? Are you mad? Such things are not permitted in the Anc. The cadres are saints!

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-04 17:04

      Including Saints like Niehaus

  • kholofelo.theko - 2012-05-04 16:13

    The Mdluli saga is a ditraction on its own, no more fone tapping remember, come on.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-04 16:13

    I think they would rather prolong it, if it distracts from fighting crime, as most of them are bloody criminals themselves anyway.

  • Piet - 2012-05-04 16:14

    The top policemen are criminals,.....

      Dee - 2012-05-04 16:25

      Indeed - and I cannot imagine how demoralising it must be for a police-person honestly and diligently trying to do their job in this country. Repeated rotting criminal fish at the SAPS helm; prisoners set free; stop Winnie's brigade for speeding and lose your position - let alone dealing with possibly the most violent society in the world. And 'governance' in every sphere means no service or efficiency - just jockeying for position and self enrichment schemes. Eish ...

  • Marius De Beer - 2012-05-04 16:30

    How to avoid bad publicity in the local and international media? Don't withdraw charges against corrupt officials. Let them have their day in court prosecuted by the state advocate the government has suspended for doing her job just a bit too well.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-04 16:43

    There should be more than "seriously concerned" How about finding a solution and weeding out the rotten ones?!!!

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-05-04 16:48

    Yes, lets pretend there isn't a problem and allow a blatantly corrupt individual to run crime intelligence. I think the current "spat" is rather justified

  • lesley.tucker.7 - 2012-05-04 16:50

    WTF!? It's the President, Cabinet and their meddling that have crippled the SAPS.

      Irene - 2012-05-04 17:53

      Not just the SAPS. Think SABC, Eskom, etc. etc. etc.

  • George - 2012-05-04 16:55

    Proud of the cabinet for standing up against crime while continuing to scheme how to extort money via e-tolling from the increasingly disillusioned and poor citizens.

  • Pule - 2012-05-04 16:58

    How many ministers are having actually?who the hell is Chabane?

      Gieljam - 2012-05-04 17:49

      Pule this is the problem before you can get to know whose who they are given an golden handshake and send off to another dept where no sooner they sacked with another golden hand shake where upon...... ..have you got more time?

  • Jack - 2012-05-04 17:04

    This high-level team was tasked with devising both short and long-term measures to deal with the escalation of criminality in the country. Sheeeit, now have I heard that once or twice in the past!

  • Keith - 2012-05-04 17:06

    Cabinet could help by acting more decisive and fire Mthetwa and Mduli

      logen.naidoo - 2012-05-04 18:03

      Totally agree with u.

  • Rob - 2012-05-04 17:09

    Cabinet should think hard about putting their own house in order before taking such a stance. A part of that ordering needs to be removal of rotten wood and a return to ethical behaviours.I guess that it will be a cold day in hell before this lot admits to being a part of the problem, let alone doing something to fix it. It will take a political weather change resulting in real opposition politics from a significantly reduced majority to make them realise that the (gravy) train is approaching the station and it is time to get off.

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-04 17:20

    I just dnt knw if I shuld Cry or Laugh coz our Government is a joke as whole....Lord have mercy on S.A

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-05-04 17:25

    Bevorder die bekwame manne in die Mag wat deur die linies kom en vergeet van die President se Politieke aanstellings met GEEN Polisie ondervinding.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-04 17:46

      Bravo,Stem een honderd persent saam..

  • Gieljam - 2012-05-04 17:41

    If this Government is serious in keeping law and order they will immediately remove all those who are incompetent and employ more minority groups in the forces and security services . The thinking that they are "safe" and in control by flooding all with the majority group who are promoted from corporal to Captain and to General etc, is like wishing for a twinkle star and getting a disastar.

  • Glyn - 2012-05-04 18:48

    Get state-of-the-art police officers and the public of this free democratic country will stop spatting at the the corrupt, crooked cops! Vote DA for state-of-the-art cops.

  • Grace - 2012-05-04 18:53

    'Performance Monitoring Minister'??? What the hell is his function? Lol lol lol... OMW this has to be a joke! Mr PMM have you not noticed that a large percentage of the crimes in SA have police involved... Go MONITOR the performance of our government that should keep you busy!

  • Glyn - 2012-05-04 18:55

    Viva spatting! South African National Sport is now officially spatting!

  • Zahir - 2012-05-04 20:37

    Setting up a task team is a waste of time of govt is not prepared to investigate the top govt and police officers

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-05 07:18

    Had the right people with the appropriate experience been placed in the top positions who deserve and command respect this would not happen. The buddy system of governance in RSA is the order of the day, so the weak appoint the weaker so as not to be over shadowed.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-06 11:28

    'Do not enhance Government efforts to fight crime'. What kind of rock do these people sleep under?.Worse, what kind of rock do they think we live under?.

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