Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba has contravened the SA Police Service Act by suspending the oversight functions of all community policing forums in the province. In a letter addressed to all station and cluster commanders in Gauteng, the commissioner states that until such time that the national police commissioner instructs otherwise, his office will not permit any oversight role by the CPFs at any police station within the Gauteng province.
Front National applauds the brilliant work done by Community Policing Forums for assisting the police in their work. It is absolutely unacceptable that a provincial commissioner cannot recognize this. This act by Commissioner Mothiba is in fact nothing other than a deliberate and irresponsible undermining of the guard dog function of the CPF’s. Even in the days of the state of emergency under the apartheid government, the liberal government opposition such as Helen Suzman, had the right to walk into any police station and ask questions of the station commander.
In light of the fact that there are ever increasing reports of police brutality, poor service delivery at police stations, the latest statistics regarding corruption and more than 700 pending criminal cases against members of the SAPS, this decision by the Commissioner is a cynical one. In enforcing this unilaterally he is undermining the constitutional right of the people of South Africa to information and protection. One cannot help but wonder what the Commissioner is trying to hide.
Front National South Africa demands the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the instruction given by the Commissioner.
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