Mangaung security a success - police

2012-12-20 13:38

Bloemfontein - The policing and securing of the ANC's Mangaung 2012 elective conference and surrounding communities have been successful, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Thursday.

"With a noticeable level of community participation and support, we received minimal reports of incidents," she said.

Phiyega said two cases of common assault were opened against police officers and would be investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Police raids

The alleged assaults were connected with police raids on the conference residences of delegates from North West province.

Phiyega said the security operations targeting the specific residences were intelligence driven.

"Investigations were ongoing and warrants were obtained for the searches," she said. To obtain a warrant police had to convince a magistrate that there was enough evidence to justify it.

Phiyega was also happy with the apprehension of four men who allegedly planned acts of terrorism directed at the conference.

Phiyega said the smooth running of the conference security operations was due to good co-operation of all conference attendees.

"The media came in large numbers and complied with our tight security requirements, aiding our ability to deliver the safe conference," said Phiyega.

  • Robin - 2012-12-20 13:44

    While the regular South African citizens suffer crime daily. You are a flop madam Phiyega!!

      johnny.better.12 - 2012-12-20 14:09

      Is she not the one that laughed when she saw the massacre of the Lonmin workers

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-12-20 14:29

      Why was the security supplied by the Police and not private security? This was not a state function but ANC business?? Looks like the police acting like the ANC's private security company.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-20 13:46

    Correction...surely: The security plan was succesfully implemented! The security was effective! The security was a NOT a success, nor was it a was just security! Whilst is is correct that the meaning of words is constantly changing, we should try not to completely mangle it.

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-12-20 14:01

    Well done for keeping the communities around Mangaung safe from all those attending this conference. Now, if you can provide the same level of service to the rest of Mzansi, this would be equally appreciated….

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-20 14:15

    criminals protecting criminals..oh joy. this new police commissioner is just like the people who appointed her USELESS.

  • danny.levin.33 - 2012-12-20 14:49

    ??? they could have arrested a big bunch of corrupt thieves... they were all there in the big tent

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-12-20 15:09

    SAPS can work if they want them to work - increase their salaries, give them bonuses and cash on merit based on how swift they have responded and rescued the people. Hope mrs Phiyega will do something to lobby government and private sector to please give these people money, many are in crime due to less money. But when given the money and still found to do crime then face them with good punishment, coz they are breaking the laws they put an oath to respect and implement. They are over working - I got no friend in SAPS who is working but its too much for these people, they sometimes assist the women to get birth, they see people dying every day, they take care of the wounded people, and they live in stress for personal problems and financial.

  • neil.cuthbert.9 - 2012-12-20 16:58

    Now what about the rest of the country?

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