| Parliament’s police committee says it’s going to maintain govt accountable for current unrest

  • The Portfolio Committee on Police needs to carry the manager to account for the unrest.
  • The safety cluster has been in disarray within the days following the unrest.
  • The committee believes funds cuts are the basis of the police’s gradual response to quell the unrest.

The Portfolio Committee on Police is adamant about holding the manager accountable for safety lapses in the course of the looting, violence and destruction of property in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This was in line with the chairperson, ANC MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson, after the committee visited the 2 affected provinces on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Within the days following the unrest – President Cyril Ramaphosa known as it a “failed rebel” – the safety cluster has appeared in disarray. 

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula contradicted Ramaphosa, saying it wasn’t an rebel, and later backtracked.


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Police Minister Bheki Cele denied that the State Safety Company (SSA) supplied the police with an intelligence report earlier than the unrest, however State Safety Minister Ayanda Dlodlo mentioned she did.

The federal government additionally admitted that it had been gradual to answer the outbreak of violence.

“Members of the manager are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament, and it is going to be a dereliction of responsibility on our half as Members of Parliament if we don’t guarantee thorough accountability,” mentioned Joemat-Pettersson in an announcement launched on Thursday.

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“It’s on this foundation that we’ll be suggesting to sister committees inside the justice, crime prevention and safety cluster to carry joint conferences to resolve safety lapses in the course of the violence and looting.”

She mentioned the committee believes {that a} thorough accountability course of is crucial in stopping the recurrence of the violence in future. The committee’s proposal will embrace a dialogue on the performance of the intelligence equipment, budgetary shortfalls, in addition to collaboration inside the cluster.

The committee additionally believes that the R11.8 billion minimize to the police funds is the basis reason behind the “police dithering and gradual response to looting and destruction of property”. 

In accordance with the committee, the acknowledgement that the police have been overwhelmed, because of the lack of human sources and gear, can solely be addressed by consideration of the police’s funds. 


The committee highlighted that, as a direct results of funds cuts, for 2 successive years, the police have been unable to undertake their annual consumption of seven 000 new trainees, putting extra strain on the police, given the huge measurement of the inhabitants they serve.

Joemat-Pettersson additionally known as for the prosecution of cops concerned within the looting.  

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“We urge the Impartial Police Investigative Directorate to finish the investigations urgently. Additionally, inner disciplinary proceedings have to be instituted to rid the service of rotten apples. We are able to solely regain the credibility of the police by a powerful and clear motion towards rotten apples,” Joemat-Pettersson mentioned.

The committee counseled group policing boards that attempted to save lots of companies, regardless of threats of bodily hurt.