WHY ALL THE FUSS?

Finweek English Edition - - COVER -

Late re­sponse, per­ceived lazi­ness and cor­rup­tion are some of the fun­da­men­tal dy­nam­ics leading to pub­lic dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the SAPS, ac­cord­ing to Stats SA.

The highly pub­li­cised con­vic­tions of f ormer po­lice com­mis­sioner Jackie Selebi and their reg­u­lar R1.3bn ten­der for po­lice head­quar­ters presided over by his suc­ces­sor, Bheki Cele, who was sub­se­quently fired, would not have done the pub­lic’s per­cep­tions of the po­lice any good. Ac­cord­ing to Africa Check, there are 1 448 serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cers who have been con­victed of se­ri­ous crimes and 8 846 pend­ing crim­i­nal charges against the mem­bers of the SAPS. The In­de­pen­dent Po­lice I nves­tiga­tive Direc­torate ( I PID), who are tasked with i nde­pen­dent over­sight of the SAPS, re­ports that for the pe­riod April 2012 to March 2013, 6728 cases were lodged with the direc­torate. See break­down be­low:

Given these shock­ing stats, it’s not sur­pris­ing that the ma­jor­ity of South African’s are tak­ing their safety into their own hands and are bol­ster­ing the pri­vate se­cu­rity econ­omy. How­ever, the pri­vate se­cu­rity in­dus­try is not with­out its flaws. I nspec­tions con­ducted by reg­u­la­tory body PSIRA ( Pri­vate Se­cu­rity I ndus­try Reg­u­la­tor y Author­ity) in 2013 re­vealed that 10% of the com­pa­nies were de­ploy­ing un­reg­is­tered se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, while 9% were de­ploy­ing un­trained se­cu­rity of­fi­cers.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­veals that the in­dus­try recorded 1 301 out­stand­ing crim­i­nal cases with SAPS i n the same fi­nan­cial year, with 401 ar­rests made. KwaZulu-Natal (397 cases), the Western Cape (297) and the East­ern Cape (157) are the leading cul­prits while all the other prov­inces com­bined had 450 re­ported crim­i­nal cases, av­er­ag­ing 75 cases per prov­ince.

Min­is­ter of Po­lice Nathi Mthethwa (left) and Na­tional Com­mis­sioner of SAPS Riah Phiyega (right)

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