Action Must Be Taken Against Incompetent Police Officers
31 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the
KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General
Mamonye Ngobeni, to investigate and take action against police
officers at the Taylors Police Station who have been described as
incompetent by local residents.
"Elandskop residents have complained about the failure by the police to arrest criminals involved in cable theft and other crimes in their area.
Police are accused of using administrative duties
as excuses for not going out on the beat. This proves that many of
the police officers there are lazy and incompetent. Police officers
who are found to be incompetent have no place in the SAPS and must
be replaced by committed and dedicated personnel," said IFP Leader
in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
"Police incompetence and mismanagement must be
rectified right from the top. The SAPS is without visionary leadership at a
time when the public is losing faith in its ability to protect us.
Public hostility towards the police has been prevalent but low
level, due to the general conduct of officers towards civilians,
including bullying, and corruption. "Visible policing" makes up a
significant portion of the SAPS crime fighting strategy, as it is a
deterrent to crime and encourages community support in the work of
the police," continued Mr Gwala.
"There is no indication from government, however,
that it plans to do anything to improve the police's battered image
and restore community confidence and co-operation. The police must
show respect for the people living in the communities they serve.
They must build trust by reaching out to those who do not see the
police as a constructive part of their community and lives,"
concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP reminds the provincial police
commissioner that she and her department are there to serve our
people with integrity and dedication, and it is time to get the job
done. She needs to realise that the honeymoon is over. She must show
leadership or be replaced by someone who is capable of doing the job
of protecting our people.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, MPL, 078 290 5842
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675