Policing the police: ICD gets more power

2012-03-16 22:07

Johannesburg - The Independent Complaints Directorate will be strengthened and renamed, the police ministry said on Friday.

The unit would be known as the Independent Police Investigative Directorate from April 1, ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in a statement.

"In changing the focus and the name... we are sending a clear message that the new body will focus on not just processing complaints, but the emphasis is on developing strong investigative capacity."

This was one of the issues discussed at a quarterly meeting in Cape Town between Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and MECs.

The unit would have more legislative powers to investigate corruption and human rights abuses within the police.

At the meeting, Mthethwa said the police needed to "move beyond arrests", through improved training, to secure convictions.

Police successes should also be communicated to communities.

"What will build confidence in the justice system is when police secure more convictions, but also inform the very same communities about such outcomes," he said.

Communications at police stations would be improved so that investigators could more effectively interact with the public.

  • Cracker - 2012-03-16 23:48

    We need to remind ourselves that those cell phones and other delicious little recording devices must keep on rolling. Just for the fun of it sometimes. You never know if something worthy of a Youtube viral hit or other exciting price might come your way. Keep up with those filming and recording of law enforcement situations.

      Cracker - 2012-03-16 23:50

      Omitted to mention. Your recording may just serve the proper course of justice.

      Zwakele Dlamini - 2012-03-17 04:32

      We need to remember that criminals will be happy too.

      Cracker - 2012-03-17 13:59

      And the innocent. Also the innocent well-meaning police officers. Why can't it be made compulsory for the police to video their interactions with the public and suspects? To also safeguard themselves against false accusations and make the jobs of the courts so much easier. No need for the old who-said-and-did-what dilemmas which can so easily go in the favour of the more clever and scheming liars with some acting ability to help them.

  • Pierre - 2012-03-17 00:34

    Good, finally some action on police brutality.

      Barend - 2012-03-17 09:25

      Leonard - spot on. The anc is losing every single battle facing this country except tax collection. What a total shame.

  • lhfick - 2012-03-17 00:49

    This is what I have been waiting for, minster if you want me I am in!

  • IrvinIco - 2012-03-17 06:17

    A great prospect to curb police brutality which is so rampant these days.

  • braamc - 2012-03-17 06:31

    Why don't you just start with proper recruitment strategies, initial and ongoing training, proper performance management, and better salaries - they call it a functional HR arm of a business.

      dhuysamen1 - 2012-03-17 07:45

      You must live in some deep and dark hole, out of touch with the real situation regarding police salaries. How does R 320 000,00 a year sound for a Lt.Col. ? Not bad when most of them are being used to stop chairs from moving or being stolen.- in other words, sitting on their fat backsides counting the day's taking in bribes. Cut their salaries in half, take away their cars and let them walk the beat like in the old days and then see who applies for these "jobs". Some-one should also urgently start a campaign to teach our black bros the difference between having a "job" and actually EARNING a salary.

  • Ben - 2012-03-17 06:33

    Dont do crime and police brutality wont affect you. Also think of how many policemen were killed while fighting crime. If I think of those who rape women and even very young girls, I will not only condone brutality but use it myself. Criminals have too many rights. The increase of statistics proves this.

  • Andre - 2012-03-17 07:40

    Who is going to police the ICD?

      Barend - 2012-03-17 09:30

      Lol I am also waiting for this. What a bunch of idiots.

  • Tony - 2012-03-17 08:21

    Confidence , interact with the public .... Yeah right,, tellme not to worry when I have a problem, the interact by beating the cr4p outta me if I argue...

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-03-17 10:05

    If cops act under their oath as peace officers first, fewer problems will come their way. Sadly most of them act as henchmen of the government with one aim and that is to enforce policies, rules and statutes that have only one aim and that is to remove money from normal people. I see no reason why any cop should even speak to me or disturb my peace if he did not see me break the peace or cause a public disturbance.

  • mahlodi.phooko1 - 2012-04-09 03:14

    This is totally wrong,which means u employed the people u don't trust:I think this officers were taught on the basic training not to involve themself in a corruption activities:now u employed them to serve the community,suddently u don't trust them:why u don't fire them n hire the people u trust:ICD is policing the police:who is going to police the icd:

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