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per­sonal loy­alty to him, rather than ex­per­tise and knowl­edge to run the po­lice. For ex­am­ple, [sus­pended Hawks boss Bern­ing] Ntle­meza was il­le­gally ap­pointed with­out fol­low­ing a clear process and de­spite the knowl­edge that he was dis­hon­est,” he said. Sapu blamed po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, say­ing it was South Africa’s main prob­lem. “There is a per­cep­tion out there that sug­gests that politi­cians are ap­point­ing a na­tional com­mis­sioner to look af­ter their own in­ter­ests ... and to cover up their cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties, as op­posed to serv­ing the Repub­lic with­out fear or favour. “We firmly be­lieve a ca­reer cop will make the best na­tional com­mis­sioner, as long as there is a healthy arm’s length be­tween the min­is­ter and the na­tional com­mis­sioner,” Kwinika said. Ne­wham ar­gued that the Hawks’ poor per­for­mance could im­prove if the ap­point­ment process of the unit’s head was changed. He said there had been a huge de­cline in per­for­mance, de­spite a budget in­crease of more than twofold from the 2007/08 fi­nan­cial year (R36 bil­lion) to the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year (R87 bil­lion). He said the ISS based its ar­gu­ment on the Hawks’ per­for­mance, which showed that the unit had gone down from 14 793 ar­rests in 2010/11 to 5 847 in 2014/15. In 2010/11, it had se­cured 7 037 con­vic­tions; in 2014/14, con­vic­tions were down to a mere 1 176. He added that sta­tis­tics also showed that 3 119 more peo­ple were killed last year than five years ago – which meant that the SAPS was un­der­per­form­ing. Ne­wham said they were not say­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma or any fu­ture pres­i­dent should lose his con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers to ap­point po­lice unit bosses, but that the rec­om­mended can­di­dates should be cho­sen through trans­par­ent se­lec­tion pro­cesses. “The process we pro­pose would en­sure that the rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­per­tise and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the dif­fer­ent ap­pli­cants will be weighed up against one an­other so that the best pos­si­ble [can­di­dates] are con­sid­ered. Among the min­i­mum criteria is that the [per­son] ap­pointed must pos­sess in­tegrity beyond re­proach,” he said.

Ne­wham said South Africa was spoilt for choice when it came to peo­ple who were qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced to en­hance the safety of cit­i­zens and take the po­lice ser­vice for­ward as an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I know of ex­cel­lent se­nior po­lice [mem­bers] and other top pub­lic ser­vice man­agers who could do a good job of man­ag­ing the po­lice and the Hawks.

“How­ever, our cam­paign is about ask­ing that clear criteria be adopted for as­sess­ing ap­pli­cants and that a trans­par­ent and com­pet­i­tive process be used to de­velop a short­list of po­ten­tial can­di­dates ... we are not in­ter­ested in lob­by­ing on be­half of spe­cific in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

The cam­paign was also based on the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP) seg­ment that states: “The na­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice and deputies should be ap­pointed on a com­pet­i­tive ba­sis. A se­lec­tion panel, es­tab­lished by the pres­i­dent, would se­lect and in­ter­view can­di­dates for these posts.

“Clear and ob­jec­tive criteria should be es­tab­lished to en­sure that the in­cum­bents are re­spected and held in high es­teem by the po­lice ser­vice and the com­mu­nity.”

The NDP doc­u­ment on gov­ern­ment’s 2030 vi­sion has been adopted by the ANC. 15 000 12 000 9 000 6 000 3 000 0 14 793 7 037 TALK TO US Do you agree that the ap­point­ment of the na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner and the Hawks boss should be more trans­par­ent? SMS us on 35697 us­ing the key­word SAPS and tell us what you think. Please in­clude your name and prov­ince. SMSes cost R1.50

God­frey Le­beya

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