In order to build an effective and fit for purpose South African Police Service

In order to build an effective and fit for purpose

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In order to build an effective and fit for purpose South African Police Service, Saps, a DA national government would adopt a zero tolerance approach to corruption in the police. You can’t have corrupt police officers chasing down corrupt politicians. In fact, Madam Speaker, this very Parliament has an immediate opportunity to strike fear into the hearts of the corrupt and criminal elements within Saps by appointing a credible permanent head of Independent Police Investigative Directorate, IPID, with unimpeachable integrity. This is our moment to give real hope to all South Africans living in fear that we are serious about their safety. A DA-led
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 276 government will insist on the appointment of fit for purpose officers and management who are passionate about policing, and we will move to retrain all police officers to serve with professionalism and protect with pride. We will establish an effective drug—busting force which will be deployed to those communities hardest-hit by gang violence. And lastly, a DA-led government will make policing a provincial responsibility by giving more of the powers and functions of policing to provincial commissioners and station commanders so they are empowered to tackle crime on a local level. Madam Speaker, despite the President’s promises in his 2018 address that he would focus on the distribution of police resources to areas hardest-hit by crime, the situation is in fact getting worse. In the Western Cape last year, half of all murders were recorded at only 13% of police stations. These are the stations and communities that need the resources you promised them last year. Over the past two years, the Western Cape provincial policing ratio has deteriorated from one
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 277 police officer to every 385 people, down to one police officer to every 509 people. Chairperson, our nation is being held hostage by violent criminals who literally get away with murder. In South Africa, 109 people are raped and 57 people are murdered every day. During this very debate, innocent South Africans will be attacked, raped or murdered. The DA has a plan to turn this situation around, Mr President, do you? The MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Hon Chairperson of the NCOP ... [Interjections.] Dr M Q NDLOZI: Chair of the NCOP. Chairperson. Hon Masondo. The CHAIRPERSON OF THE NCOP: Yebo. [Laughter.] What are you saying? On what point are you rising? Dr M Q NDLOZI: It is a point of order that there is a platform beneath the podium, hon Nzimande, because where I am sitting I can’t see you, I just hear a voice. Just climb the platform
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 278 there like hon Naledi Chirwa and the Minister of Small Business Development.
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