Police deputy minister not losing sleep over high levels of crime

African News Agency (ANA)

Police deputy minister not losing sleep over high levels of crime
Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu. Photo: SABC

PRETORIA – South African Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu on Tuesday said she was not losing sleep over the high levels of crime in South Africa because she knows police are tackling it.

“When it comes to (the question of) us having sleepless nights, oh, ek slaap baie lekker (I sleep very well). I don’t have sleepless nights,” Sotyu told journalists at a media briefing in Pretoria after the relaunch of the Women’s Network and Men for Change programme of the SA Police Service.

“I don’t have sleepless nights because I know that I have men and women in blue who are trained to deal with such … The programme that I was talking about, of us trying to professionalise the police, it includes everything. We have even changed our curriculum at the training colleges so that we include elements like human rights. We do sleep, we don’t wake up at night thinking.”

Sotyu said regarding South African communities’ lack of faith in the police, the authorities were handling the matter. She said two task teams would address the concerns following recommendations of the commission of inquiry chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam.

“There will be a second task team that will deal with transformation. That is where many (sic) of the work will happen in trying to professionalise the police. As soon as we deal with individual police officers, their conduct and how to behave and all those things, I think then the atmosphere between them and communities will be much better.”

She said “from now, within three years to come, we will see a difference in the relationship between ourselves and members of the community”.

Earlier, acting national police commissioner Johannes Phahlane was at the Women’s Network and Men for Change programme, attended by hundreds of senior officers in Pretoria.

The SAPS gathering started on Monday. The Women’s Network and Men for Change structures, was established in 2003 and 2004 respectively to champion the rights of the most vulnerable groups. The programmes are aimed at ensuring female emancipation is realised while Men for Change deals with the critical role of eradicating gender-based violence and the challenges faced by men in policing.

The relaunch coincided with the 44th anniversary celebrations of Women in Policing.

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