SAPS and po­lice direc­torate to re­work con­flict­ing fig­ures

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE PO­LICE and the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) are go­ing back to the draw­ing board this week to re­solve dif­fer­ences on the num­ber of of­fi­cers probed for ill-dis­ci­pline.

Po­lice re­ceived a tongue lash­ing from Par­lia­ment for sub­mit­ting fig­ures that con­flicted with Ipid’s. They told the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on po­lice last week that they had re­ceived 764 cases from Ipid last year and acted on 85 per­cent of them.

On the other hand, Ipid told MPs it had re­ferred 788 cases to the po­lice, which took ac­tion on only 15 per­cent of them.

The cor­rect num­ber of of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gated for wrong­do­ing will top the agenda when the two par­ties meet on Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Solomon Mak­gale said yes­ter­day they would be able to come to a common po­si­tion on the facts and fig­ures.

He said the SAPS had signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Ipid, which would set the tone for work­ing to­gether more closely.

“What we need to de­fine is how we are go­ing to work in terms of what the act says,” said Mak­gale. He said the po­lice watch­dog was key to how the po­lice func­tioned.

“We work on a premise that Ipid is es­sen­tial man­age­ment of dis­ci­pline in the po­lice. We do what we do to make Ipid strong,” Mak­gale said. “From where we sit, on the is­sues on the ta­ble, we will be able to re­solve them in time for the par­lia­men­tary meet­ing.”

The port­fo­lio com­mit­tee has given the two par­ties un­til Jan­uary to re­solve the dif­fer­ences.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Fran­cois Beuk­man had told the two sides it was in the in­ter­est of Par­lia­ment to know ex­actly how many po­lice of­fi­cers were fac­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion last year due to mis­con­duct.

He said it did not help that Ipid would have its own fig­ure of 788 of­fi­cers that it had in­ves­ti­gated while the po­lice pro­duced a list of 764.

In ad­di­tion, Ipid said only 15 per­cent of the cases were dealt with, in con­trast to the po­lice’s state­ment that it dis­posed of 85 per­cent.

Mak­gale said the is­sues should be re­solved in Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing.

He said the po­lice were con­fi­dent they would be able to reach con­sen­sus be­fore they re­turn to Par­lia­ment at the end of Jan­uary and pro­duce a re­port that con­tained sim­i­lar statis­tics.

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