Police Budget Vote: Debate 25
By Hon VB Ndlovu MP

 

National Assembly, 13th April 2011

Honourable Speaker

In order for our Police force to effectively carry out its mandated tasks of the prevention, combating and investigation of crimes, the maintenance of public order, the security of our citizens and the upholding and enforcement of our laws, it is necessary they are afforded every possible form of logistical assistance by government.

Any failure by government in this regard will have both direct and extremely dire consequences for the law abiding citizens of our Country.

The IFP therefore urges the government to do all that it can in terms of budgetary and logistical support to our Police Force.
The building of new Police stations and the upgrading of existing and satellite police stations is paramount in respect of our visible policing policy, which we know that in itself is an effective crime deterrent. To this end we would like to see a stronger relationship develop between the Police Force and the Department of Public Works, as a breakdown in communication results in unnecessary building delays and gives criminals added opportunities to ply their trades.

The IFP await the results of the investigation by the SIU into this department in order to be able to ascertain exactly what to do and say about corruption.

The IFP welcome the increase in the numbers of Police personnel, but the ministry must see to it that these new members are utilized as optimally as possible by the force in the areas that require the most urgent attention. Areas such as our Visible Policing and Detective Services.

The IFP wants to see greater budgetary assistance being made available to Detective Services as currently this area of the police force is in dire need of assistance. Our Detectives have inferior or damaged equipment, are understaffed and consequently of low morale. These factors, Honourable Speaker do not lead to a productive work output, the net result being that criminal’s that should be behind bars are now walking our streets.

SAPS Forensics have made great strides in dealing with the backlog of forensic casework and the Minister must be congratulated on this, however there is still a lot of work to be done until the forensics laboratories are up to date. We therefore urge the Minister to maintain the impetus in this area.

The Independent Complaints Directorate is another area of concern for the IFP. Unnecessary travelling costs incurred by the ICD head office staff when provincial ICD staff were perfectly capable of attending to the work that was required within the provinces is an example of wasteful and unnecessary expenditure, and this is what must be eradicated, starting at the very top, if we are ever to inculcate a culture of the responsible use of resources within the department.

The IFP is looking forward to full and proper investigations being carried out by the ICD upon errant members of the police force and we trust that such investigations will be carried out without any third party interference.
The IFP would also like to see the correct measures being taken on policy implementation as well as strict adherence by the department to directives from the ministry.

Police brutality, negligence and recklessness can only be curbed by the institution of a strict code of discipline by which all police force members adhere to. The Minister and National Commissioner and all other high ranking police officials must lead from the front and be beyond reproach in all of their dealings so as set the correct example for other members of the police force to follow.

The IFP want to know how the DPCI will continue to do its work when there is a judgment on its legislative establishment. Its consequences are very high.

ISIZULU SITHI “ UMVUNDLA ZIWUNQANDA PHAMBILI”

In conclusion, The IFP wish the Minister and the entire police force a safe and productive year ahead with the keeping of South Africa safe.

I thank you.
Hon VB Ndlovu