18 October 2013
Following the death of two police officers in
the Western Cape, the IFP has called on the Minister of Police
and the National Police Commissioner to urgently come up with a
multifaceted plan to address gun violence in our communities.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu
MP, said, “The death of these two police officers highlights the
need for increased awareness as a first step in preventing
in-the-line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries among our police
officers. Starting now, we must put a face on the statistics of
deceased police officers. We must know who we’ve lost and why
we’ve lost them.”
Policing strategies and community policing
methods must integrate officers with community resources and
emphasize crime prevention and proactive problem solving.
Ndlovu said, “The IFP has urged the Minister
to establish a firearms offender registry and a regional
firearm violence task force to assist in fighting gun violence
in our society. Communities should be involved in advocating for
needed change. Programs must be comprehensive, well-coordinated
and community-based. Information is needed on firearms trafficking
corridors or gateways that may exist in, or pass through,
The IFP has also called on the Minister and
the National Police Commissioner to ensure that statistics on
gun violence and gun-related crime, as well as departmental
initiatives to reduce gun violence, are kept current and made
available to the public on the Department’s website.
Furthermore, both traditional and electronic forms of
communication, such as Facebook and Twitter, should be used to
communicate matters of public safety and response efforts.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675