Criminals warned: Fight continues

2012-06-10 22:27

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Sunday said the fight against crime continued despite recent upheavals in the top police structure.

"We are cognisant of the recent negative publicity and its impact on the morale of the police across the organisation," he said during a meeting with his deputy, Maggie Sotyu, and police management.

They were discussing and reviewing progress in the fight against crime and looked at the current challenges the department faced, ministerial spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said a statement.

"The police are at war with criminals and that is ongoing. We have to look beyond publicity and establish whether there are facts or merits that justify those negative perceptions," Mthethwa said.

He said current investigations and disciplinary actions involving senior members of the police did not and should not distract police or the public from the fight against crime.

"As a collective, we remain confident that we shall overcome the current challenges."

Former crime intelligence head Lieutenant Colonel Richard Mdluli was interdicted by the Labour Court last week from performing any duties as a police official pending an application to reinstate criminal and disciplinary charges against him.

And last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that then national police commissioner Bheki Cele's involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration".

He was suspended.

Mthethwa said government, including the police, was subject to the rule of law and the intricacies of litigation. Therefore all parties concerned, as well as the media and the public, must allow these process to unfold.

"While current cases and decisions are pending, the police remains focused on ensuring that all South Africans are and feel safe.

"The thousands of men and women in the police who are keeping our communities safe daily are unaffected by the cases under discussion."

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-10 22:37

    Criminals must be shivering with fear.

      Wandile Chiliza - 2012-06-10 22:47

      government must really do something about this dirty cops because they are affecting the whole organization, every news paper you read there is an story about saps. top management are not roll model to the junior members any more. this is an waste organization now

      Curry - 2012-06-11 04:43

      The problem is they don't even know who the enemy is anymore because the line between the cops and the criminals has become so blurred.

      JaredVN - 2012-06-11 07:24

      The cops are highly effective when it comes to (committing) crime. In 90% of the cases, the cops are on the scene of a crime before it is even reported...

      Warmonger - 2012-06-11 10:17

      It does Not make economic sense fot the current communist governmund to diminish the current level of crime! Look at it this way: Currently most people have Insurance. On your montly policy payment the governmund receives 14%VAT. Should (-or shall I say "when") your TV is then stolen, additional 14% VAT goes to the gov from the purchase of the new TV set, as well as 14% VAT on your 'excess' payment. Your premie then goes up - thus the VAT portion increases. Regardless of whether you have insurance or not, stolen items will be replaced in due course, thus 'they' will get their pound of flesh..>

      Mark - 2012-06-11 14:21

      Just words, we will believe it when we see it... bring back the death penalty..

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-21 19:26

      With 5% conviction rate there is nothing for them to fear other than competition from the 50% plus corrupt cops.....

  • sdconradie - 2012-06-10 22:46

    They should just allow Mkhwanazi to do his job, without having to battle politics too

      Wandile Chiliza - 2012-06-10 22:57

      once you sit in this sit on being a general, every move you or decision you intend to make, they are waiting to bring you down and destroy your career. Lt Gen Mkwanazi he is try his best to be a good leader but there are already investigations about him

  • bernpm - 2012-06-10 23:07

    Yes sir, we believe you.....but only if and when 1.... 2..... 3..... 4..... and a few more issues have been resolved. Fill in the numbers from articles in the latest newspapers.

  • bvaku.ukavb - 2012-06-10 23:10

    This country is not serious about solving crime problems. Politicians and their families are well protected so they don´t care about us the ordinary folk. What a pity, for the country showed a lot of promise some 20 years ago.

  • bvaku.ukavb - 2012-06-10 23:13

    Since Bkeki Cele was called general although he´s not a police man by profession, what will happen now since he´s no longer chief of the police? Will he use "Former General" Bheki Cele as his offocial title? If he had been a medical doctor would he be called "former Dr. Cele"? What a loser!!

      Steven Trollip - 2012-06-11 05:46

      haha good quistion

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-11 05:41

    If I were a criminal organising a big job, the last thing I would worry about is THE POLICE !!

      Koos - 2012-06-11 07:46

      Wrong, in business you always have to worry about the competition.

      Rob - 2012-06-11 11:11

      Lol @ Koos.....However 3 shot dead by saps this morning, so they do have their moments.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-11 06:17

    As long as prisons are a joy ride and not a fearful place like it should be criminals will keep on having fun....

      Carel de Lange - 2012-06-11 06:53

      Be careful of that statement! Innocent people are arrested and jailed too. I know cause I was and if any of the so called rights to dignity had effect in prison as it should be then I would have been fine, but there are no rights or dignity and that contributes to crime rather than diminish it!

      johann.serfontein - 2012-06-11 07:47

      No, no, our prisons are indeed atrocious. No one just ever ends up going there, cause the justice systems leaks like a sieve and works at the same pace as fossilization...

      WitWolf - 2012-06-11 14:22

      @ Carel de Lange What I mean is the ones convicted of crimes...

  • ptmakgato - 2012-06-11 06:26

    Just implement this law, u kill, u die, u steal, u get your hands cut off, u rape, your dig gets cut off...end of story lol. We tired of living a fearful life for things we worked hard for

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-06-11 06:29

    Their biggest battle is finding parking @ the KFC .

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-11 06:31

    Its not only the guys at the top that make me have no confidence or respect for this lot. Our local SAPS can only be described as a sick joke, nobody respects them, expecially the criminals that are busy with a total onslaught on us. Seems they are heavily involved in the crime here.

  • Martin - 2012-06-11 07:32

    hahahahhahahahahahah hahahaha yep mob justice is gonna continue cos if you want something done at all, you gotta do it before the pigs rock up to save the criminal..there is also a reason government hides behind its vip security, they are on the list of public necklacings too.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-11 07:41

    hahahahaha.Nathi is a joker.He is ANC.

  • johann.serfontein - 2012-06-11 07:43

    The fight is a lot easier now that the police hardly have to leave their own offices to find criminals to prosecute. Can spend a whole day just investigating its own. Its a scary state of affairs...

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-06-11 09:11

    Just the criminals who aren't paying the backhands and bribes are a little worried the rest "have contacts" so even if the guys do arrest them they "slip through" the system. Ask the guys on Patrol who arrest these guys how many times they are released for debateable reasons !

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-06-11 10:04

    As the rate of unemployment increases so as the rate of crime will increase every single day, so you cannot say you'll strengthen the police force whereas people are unemployed and are hungry. Remember hungry people are angry people they'll rather commit crime and rot in jail than die of hunger. Don't get me wrong crime doesn't pay as they say but it is the government responsibility to create enough job opportunities than the honorable safety minister can proudly say what he is saying now

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-11 13:11

    10% conviction rate. He must have the criminals very worried now. What about his "wall", any news? Says Mthethwa: "The thousands of men and women in the police who are keeping our communities safe daily are unaffected by the cases under discussion." How DO you know? -retard.

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