Save the police, says Zille

2012-06-09 19:00

Johannesburg - The police service needs to be rescued from its current scandal-ridden situation, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said at the party's Limpopo congress on Saturday.

“When leaders fight, the country is overwhelmed by crime and people are asking who will save police service?”

Zille said that the controversies surrounding suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele, former crime intelligence head Lieutenant Geneneral Richard Mdluli and acting police boss Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi defocused the government.

She said police were not focused on protecting South Africans; "they are focusing on fight for positions”.

The country remains on tenterhooks about the fate of Cele, after media reports said he had been fired by Zuma in connection with a police lease deals scandal.

Mdluli was interdicted by the labour court this week from performing any duties as a police official pending an application to reinstate criminal and disciplinary charges against him.

This week, Mkhwanazi was accused in a media report of mismanaging a secret service account.

On Thursday, Mkhwanazi - who took the decision to suspend Mdluli - told the media that he was the victim of a conspiracy to unsettle the management of the SA police service.

"There are a lot of things that these people are doing just to discredit this management of the SAPS."

At Saturday's congress, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko also reiterated her call for President Jacob Zuma not to stand for a second term in office.

Elective conference

"I asked him not to stand for leadership in Manguang so that he can leave his term as president in peace," she said.

Mazibuko was heckled and jeered by ANC MP's in parliament when she made the same request last month.

The ANC will hold its elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State, in December.

On Saturday, Mazibuko also repeated her call for Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale to resign, calling the province a "collapsed province".

“Presiding over the shortfall of over R2bn is a good enough reason for Mr Mathale to resign before being asked to do so,” she said.

Last month, Zuma said he was awaiting reports on fraud and maladministration investigations before determining the fate of Mathale.

Five provincial departments were placed under administration by cabinet in December 2011 following bad governance and financial irregularities.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-06-09 19:21

    And save South Africa and her people from the ANC!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-09 20:03

    Men that resort to name-calling where women are concerned - can't you come up with a proper argument ?

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-09 20:05

    'And South Africans are left between a rock and a hard place: with one party that stirs up the old fires of racial hatred and another that instead treats the issue with unhelpful defensiveness or outright denial'

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-09 21:27

      Fakudze..what do you mean.." defensiveness or outright denial"? This tells me you are under the age of 25 yrs....because if you were older would be aware that Zille, got where she is today in the DA...FIGHTING FOR YOUR PEOPLE. She was dead against apartheid...and fought the NP in parliament to help the black I'm afraid the denial comes from your side...because Zille is a white person you find it hard to except that she would do that...but there are many such white folks...generously giving and helping where they can...if you put your prejudice aside you will see Zille has nothing but good intention for this country.I'am not a racist...and that's the reason I have faith in Zille to do the best for ALL...ALL...SOUTH AFRICANS.She get's my vote.

      flysouth - 2012-06-12 16:32

      Thato - why on earth do you see the raising such issues as "stirring up the old fires of racial hatred"? It is nothing of the sort. If all the people involved in political infighting, corruption and destabilisation in government and the police were lily-white, there would still be a major issue here and it would be raised by the DA and other concerned parties - and in any democracy the right to do this is built into the Constitution - it is called "freedom of speech"! Whether you can understand or not, this country is rapidly reaching a serious 'tipping point' - when all structures of government necessary for the proper and orderly functioning of society collapse as a result of this mismanagement and politicking. Politics is not life! - life is life and the citizens of this country should be allowed to get on with their lives instead of having to concern themselves daily with worry about issues which should be, entirely without drama, properly and efficiently managed by government such as the police, education, health care provision etc etc etc etc etc.......! The ANC government has proven itself incapable of relinquishing the 'politics of struggle' in favour of the 'politics of governing'. The country and society cannot afford the 'eternal revolution' as advocated by Lenin in 1919 (and clearly adopted by the ANC, even after 1994). It is too disruptive and ensures that all efforts towards economic and social betterment will fail.

  • Henk - 2012-06-09 20:06

    1 billion seconds ago it was 1981. 2 billion seconds ago it was 1950. Take one rand every second. That is what they "lost". And that is ok with the electorate. Please do not complain when we brand you as stupid for voting for them.

  • Keith - 2012-06-09 20:11

    To vote for Zille?? The Gods must be crazy I would rather vote for Zuma the great Zula warrior with the spear of Africa.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-09 20:23

      and an open zip...

      Pt - 2012-06-09 20:31

      Think again. SA is a democracy. In a democracy political parties are kept on their toes and are more likely to be honest etc, If they know that they can be voted out. Vote for Zille (it is only for 5 years) - you might be pleasantly surprised. If you are not happy with DA after 5 years - GUESS WAT - then dont vote for them again. It is called democracy. Forget about the apartheid boogieman.Apartheid is dead and can never come back. AND OFF COURSE

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-09 20:39

      So let me get this straight: You would rather suffer at the hands of a sexist, racist, greedy fatcat zulu man then prosper with the help of a white lady who is kind, caring and just? You're a proper dingbat.

      Pt - 2012-06-09 22:02

      completing my last comment AND OFF COURSE Many of us including Helen Zille spoke out against apartheid and continue to speak out against injustices.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:26

      Kwith, Zille will agree, what on earth would she do with a vote from an imbecile?.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:28

      Lesetjam, ANC is the only place you can steal and get away with it. No wonder you want them to remain in office. Volunteered to help those of your fellow country men and women caught in the bad weather of the last few days?.

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-09 20:30

    Yes Helen save the police because we are fedup with the criminals within the police!!!

      santi.mulder - 2012-06-10 12:21

      @keith, maybe if you were born colorblind your views would change.

  • Erna - 2012-06-09 20:40

    Zuma is incapable of making a decision re the police. Shoot, he's incapable of speaking without a piece of paper in front of him, written by someone else!

      santi.mulder - 2012-06-10 12:17

      Glad I'm not the only one who noticed the piece of paper.

  • Sonja - 2012-06-09 20:41


      Mantsho - 2012-06-09 23:37

      Lesetem@ please dont say We, not everybody is blind, my city is messed up, no jobs for my friends and my family, why l should we keep voting for ANC? GO TO HELL WITH THEM! l want give DA a chance.

      philani.ngcongo2 - 2012-06-10 00:44

      Viva DA Viva lol nyc.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-10 09:31 are a intelligent man...why do you say 'whites' should turn black....this tells me you are part of the problem with racism in our country....It does not matter what colour your skin is...when it comes to choosing to be wise and seeing what is happening with the corruption in this land you could be red skinned...but when it came to looking at a political parties morals..the colour of their skin has nothing to do with it. Let me tell you if the anc had kept it's promises and 90% of the people had jobs, education..hospitals and the economy was really great I would appreciate their efforts and would vote for them(of coarse..minus the corruption).BECAUSE IT'S NOT ABOUT COLOUR.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:30

      lesejam has a mind defect, ignore.

      Garreth - 2012-06-12 22:38

      I dont trust the DA. Just as racist. Cape Town/ Western Cape is the most racist province. Colored people especially more than whites. Yes I'm colored.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-09 21:47

    amazing how stupid some people are. rather a tea lady than a stupid moron who couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery. go helen! my vote stays with the da.

  • Cornerkick Forwhites - 2012-06-09 22:06

    yes keep your vote. nobody asked for it! since 1994 we never asked for it. what difference does it make? bloody agent.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:38

      Cornerkick, no you don't ask for votes, you just make sure that people can only be eligible for a house if they vote ANC, You scare old people by threatening them with withdrawing their pensions if they don't vote ANC and you accompany them to the voting booth all the time scaring the hell out of them to make sure they put their cross where you want them to. You are a bunch of primitives,ejaculating thuggery and that is as it is. Shove your ANC, no person or people can be fooled for ever, just remember that.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-06-09 22:13

    Da Zille is loosing the battle why after people instead of helping the government to plan forward for the lovely country. It was youth wage now is Police what is next Zille?

      santi.mulder - 2012-06-10 12:11

      At least she is TRYING to fix what is broken down, zuma is TRYING to make to many women pregnant.

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-09 22:14

    The only way to fix this Circus is to give the clowns as feed to the lions and finish with them.

  • philipnaude.collins - 2012-06-09 22:47

    I think it is about time that some responsible reporter publishes a "report card" on the Heath of each political party's, and it representation,involvement in crime, corruption and aleged transgression so that all south Africans can start thinking who is capable of leading the country into 2020.

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2012-06-10 07:06

    I'm not saying Zille should be President... All I'm saynig is I want a party that can bring with an awesome change for all South Africans if you're black, white, yellow, pink, or green. And it seems like this is what the D.A want to achieve! I'm excited!

      humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-06-10 08:31

      If DA wants to achieve what you just mentioned, they must start where they are governing in Western Cape. Most people of colour live in worst conditions than anywhere in the country. Look at how the WC cabinet is presented, look at who is mostly employed in good positions in that province. I'm afraid but DA is not there yet, they must first work to bring racial harmony in our beloved country. Some DA MP's still use 'K' word, black people have called 'REFUGEES' in their own country. They defended the SPEAR painting which was clearly offensive to the majority of our people.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:44

      Humphrey. Most people of colour live in worst conditions than anyhwre else in the country. Please explain to us why all these masses are coming to the Western Cape then if it is so glorious where they come from?.

      humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-06-10 16:08

      We know there are problems in Eastern Cape but Eastern Cape people don't only relocate to WC. You'll find them in Guateng and KZN as well but they are not subjected to live in the same conditions as we witness here in the Western Cape.

  • hein.helmand - 2012-06-10 07:22

    Not save the police, SAVE SOUTH AFRICA

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-10 11:33

    We are behind you all the way.

  • Cor-marie Olivier Nel - 2012-06-10 12:17

    Show me one of the people being appointed in Senior Management Post in the SAPS who's got a back round in Police work. Most of them, Ndluli and Cele was political appointments. As soon as this stops, corruption will stop. Junior members needs examples not politics!!!

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:18

    While you are at it, save the rest of us as well.

  • Willie - 2012-06-11 07:17

    Agree 100% with the statements made by Helen Zille

  • ItsDoctorK - 2012-06-12 14:28

    Give Helen Zille 6 months in charge of "fixing" the police situation, and she will do it in three. FACT.

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