Police Misconduct Files Must Be Made Public
29 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal demands that files which
consist of misconduct complaints against officers and documents
created during investigations be disclosed to the public following
claims that KwaMakhutha SAPS members, South of Durban failed to
attend to a reported female rape case in Adams Mission.
"The tendency of police officials to downplay the
seriousness of these crimes makes it less likely that women will
file complaints and will contribute to the underreporting of cases
of violence against women. Those personnel who fail to do their jobs
must be held accountable. It is highly disturbing that police
officers who are supposed to protect members of the public can
behave in such a manner. We have called for greater accountability
measures but police management seems to be failing to deal with
misconduct within the police force," said IFP Leader in the KZN
Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
"Police officers who fail to serve with integrity
must be fired and competent police officers recruited. The tendency
of some police officers who only care about their monthly salaries
and about driving state cars whilst not attending to their duties,
must come to an end. It is this kind of attitude that undermines
public confidence in the police. The honeymoon in the SAPS cannot go
on forever if we are serious about protecting our people," continued
"Authorities must conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the alleged misconduct of police officials. The IPID which is supposed to be the spearhead of accountability measures must eradicate this culture of impunity for police misconduct and criminality," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675