National Assembly, 13th April 2011
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
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
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
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
I thank you.
Hon VB Ndlovu