Shortage of Fingerprint Ink Points to A Dysfunctional Police Service

05 April 2013      


The IFP will demand answers as to why there is a shortage of specialised fingerprint ink in Eastern Cape police stations, when the Portfolio Committee on Police meets again.


IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, said; "It is disturbing to learn that a suspect was released in Port Alfred due to the shortage of fingerprint ink, thus exposing the community to potentially dangerous criminals. Even more concerning are reports that the relevant authorities have done nothing about this situation. This indicates a lack of leadership in a dysfunctional police service."


Ndlovu continued, "The IFP is deeply concerned about the lack of resolution to solve this problem and this certainly will discourage honourable policemen and women from performing their duties. This matter must be dealt with immediately."


The IFP calls on the Minister of Police to urgently intervene in order to ensure that community members feel safe at all times and that justice is served. Furthermore, the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner must account to Parliament's portfolio committee on Police, as a matter of urgency, as to why there is a fingerprint ink shortage," Ndlovu concluded.


Issued by IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP, 083 625 0803 


IFP Parliamentary Caucusí Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675