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Parliament’s police committee says it is going to maintain government accountable for current unrest

  • The Portfolio Committee on Police needs to carry the manager to account for the unrest.
  • The safety cluster has been in disarray within the days following the unrest.
  • The committee believes finances cuts are the basis of the police’s sluggish response to quell the unrest.

The Portfolio Committee on Police is adamant about holding the manager accountable for safety lapses in the course of the looting, violence and destruction of property in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This was based on the chairperson, ANC MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson, after the committee visited the 2 affected provinces on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Within the days following the unrest – President Cyril Ramaphosa known as it a “failed revolt” – the safety cluster has appeared in disarray. 

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula contradicted Ramaphosa, saying it wasn’t an revolt, and later backtracked.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele denied that the State Safety Company (SSA) offered the police with an intelligence report earlier than the unrest, however State Safety Minister Ayanda Dlodlo stated she did.

The federal government additionally admitted that it had been sluggish to answer the outbreak of violence.

“Members of the manager are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament, and it is going to be a dereliction of responsibility on our half as Members of Parliament if we don’t guarantee thorough accountability,” stated Joemat-Pettersson in an announcement launched on Thursday.

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“It’s on this foundation that we’ll be suggesting to sister committees throughout the justice, crime prevention and safety cluster to carry joint conferences to resolve safety lapses in the course of the violence and looting.”

She stated the committee believes {that a} thorough accountability course of is important in stopping the recurrence of the violence in future. The committee’s proposal will embody a dialogue on the performance of the intelligence equipment, budgetary shortfalls, in addition to collaboration throughout the cluster.

The committee additionally believes that the R11.8 billion minimize to the police finances is the basis explanation for the “police dithering and sluggish response to looting and destruction of property”. 

In line with the committee, the acknowledgement that the police had been overwhelmed, as a result of lack of human assets and tools, can solely be addressed via consideration of the police’s finances. 


The committee highlighted that, as a direct results of finances cuts, for 2 successive years, the police had been unable to undertake their annual consumption of seven 000 new trainees, inserting extra stress on the police, given the huge dimension of the inhabitants they serve.

Joemat-Pettersson additionally known as for the prosecution of law enforcement officials concerned within the looting.  

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“We urge the Unbiased Police Investigative Directorate to finish the investigations urgently. Additionally, inside disciplinary proceedings have to be instituted to rid the service of rotten apples. We will solely regain the credibility of the police via a robust and clear motion towards rotten apples,” Joemat-Pettersson stated.

The committee recommended neighborhood policing boards that attempted to save lots of companies, regardless of threats of bodily hurt.

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