6th May 2010
The South Africa Police Services have the
great responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of all
persons and property within our borders.
Their task is often dangerous and for the
most part thankless. The IFP wishes to say to the South African
Police men and woman of our country "Thank you, your work and
sacrifices do not go un-noticed."
Unfortunately neither do your shortcomings
and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight those which
we feel are most pressing;
Police Officers are often placed in harms
way and have the sanctioned use of lethal force if it is necessary
to either protect themselves or civilians.
This has led to the "Shoot to Kill" slogan
being used by the Department and adopted somewhat as a standard
practice within the police force. We hope this does not degenerate
into a "Shoot first and ask questions later" policy and that all
police members are effectively trained and made aware of the
situations in which lethal force may and may not be used. This
is very necessary in order to protect our most vulnerable from
becoming innocent casualties in the event of a shootout between the
police and the criminals.
Discipline, Discipline, Discipline must be
inculcated within the ranks.
South Africa is not a Police State in which
the Police officers are above the law. Police Officers who
transgress the law or who abuse their powers must be identified
immediately and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
To this end, the Independent Complaints
Directorate must be given the necessary legislative backing to be
able to operate effectively within their assigned mandate. The
citizens of our country deserve to feel and be safe when dealing
with any Police Officer.
The IFP believes that all people are equal
and as such see no difference in the importance of a farm worker or
a farm owner being murdered. They are both horrific acts of violence
and must receive equal attention by the police investigative units.
No life is more important than another.
Ukufakwa kwamapoyisa kwaNongoma kanye
nakwezinye izindawo ukuba ahlukumeze abantu ebusuku lokho
akwamukeleki neze mhlonishwa. Yini indala ukuthi amaphoyisa afike
emzini yabantu ebusuku, futhi engaziphethe izincwadi zokuphenya
avuse abantu abahambise benqunu phambi kwemindeni uma engatholi
lutho angaxolisi futhi ngakwenzileyo? Ngabe amaphoyisa
asasetshenziswa yini ngokwezombusazwe na? Kwenziwelani lokho kubantu
Another issue we must raise is that of the
relationship between the Department and the Stakeholders Unions. The
animosity between the two must be mediated so that the Police Force
can always function at optimal levels in the execution of their
Besides Ill-discipline, a police Force
cannot function correctly when it is not properly equipped. Some
Police officers do not have bullet proof vests, yet they are
expected to place themselves in harms way.
Police Crime scene Investigators have
outdated, damaged or no equipment with which to assist them in their
Some Police stations have no operational
patrol vehicles. Why is it that some Police Stations are favoured
above others and seem to receive greater logistical support than
others? All police stations should be equal in terms of logistical
support, which should be based upon demographics, and the IFP tasks
the minister to address this aspect of his portfolio as a matter of
Why is it that a certain Police Charge
Office is being moved out of a crime infested area in Woodstock?
Moves such as this do not inspire public confidence in the Police
Why it is that two suspected murderers are
released from a charge office in Pretoria because they were not
formally charged? Are our Policemen being properly trained? Who is
at fault when situations like this occur?
We are looking forward to safe, secure and
incident free World Cup. Our Police Force say that they are ready
for the World Cup and the IFP says that it is ready to support them
in their efforts.
Make our country proud by hosting the safest
World Cup ever.
We support the vote.
I thank you.
Mr Velaphi Ndlovu
083 625 0803.