‘We are spoilt for choice’

SAPS budget vs per­for­mance

CityPress - - News - POLOKO TAU poloko.tau@city­press.co.za

The names of two se­nior officers be­lieved to have been un­fairly pushed out of the SA Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) have come up as po­ten­tial can­di­dates for the po­si­tion of na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner. This fol­lows the launch of a cam­paign to de­politi­cise the po­lice ser­vice and to force gov­ern­ment’s hand to in­sti­tute a trans­par­ent process of ap­point­ing the next na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner and the head of the Hawks.

The SA Po­lice Union (Sapu) said the po­lice ser­vice could al­ways call back Leah Mo­fomme and God­frey Le­beya for the po­si­tions of the na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner and head of the Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion (the Hawks).

Mo­fomme and Le­beya were deputies to for­mer po­lice boss Riah Phiyega, but left af­ter a fall­out with her.

A qual­i­fied ad­vo­cate with more than three decades’ ser­vice in the po­lice, Le­beya is also a doc­tor of law and has led, among oth­ers, crime in­tel­li­gence, de­tec­tive and foren­sic di­vi­sions.

Mo­fomme holds a PhD in phi­los­o­phy and an MBA and served in the po­lice for al­most 29 years.

Sapu told City Press that these two names were proof that South Africa was spoilt for choice in its search for the next po­lice boss and head of the Hawks.

“We are not say­ing they should be au­to­matic can­di­dates. They must be sub­jected to due pro­cesses through which the best can­di­date will be ap­pointed,” said Sapu pres­i­dent, Mpho Kwinika.

They re­gard the pair as among a group of men and women in blue who have distin­guished them­selves “as true pa­tri­otic sons and daugh­ters of the land” who fought crime with pas­sion and ex­cel­lence.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that they were booted out be­cause of their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the just cause of fight­ing crime in South Africa,” Sapu told City Press.

The po­lice union has come out in full sup­port of a cam­paign launched this week by Cor­rup­tion Watch and the In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies (ISS), call­ing for trans­par­ent pro­cesses of ap­point­ing both the na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner and head of the Hawks.

The two or­gan­i­sa­tions’ com­bined budget of R350 bil­lion – which was poured into run­ning the po­lice in the last decade – yielded mostly neg­a­tive re­sults ow­ing to the ap­point­ment of the wrong can­di­dates to head them.

The call is now for these key po­si­tions to be ad­ver­tised and ap­pli­cants to be short­listed based on set criteria, and then pub­licly in­ter­viewed. Role play­ers are ad­vo­cat­ing a sim­i­lar se­lec­tion-and­in­ter­view process that as­pi­rant Con­sti­tu­tional Court judges are sub­jected to be­fore be­ing ap­pointed.

“The key fail­ure is that the [de­ci­sions to ap­point] pre­vi­ous na­tional po­lice com­mis­sion­ers from [Jackie] Selebi on­wards were taken in se­cret, with­out be­ing guided by any clear criteria. This is why they failed,” said head of the jus­tice and vi­o­lence-preven­tion pro­gramme at the ISS, Gareth Ne­wham.

“The pres­i­dent ap­peared to be us­ing criteria such as R BIL­LION 100 80 60 40 20 0 R36.39bn

Leah Mo­fomme

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