Police Minister wants to do away with "acting posts" in police department

The police ministry is paying R1.9-million to suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, suspended crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli, R1.8-million and fired Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza R1.9 million.

Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula is reportedly planning to put an end to the acting posts of suspended senior police officers by appointing their replacements permanently.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist discusses how the minister of police plans on effectively carry out his plans.

Africa Melane: Should he be doing these changes now?

I think in principle we've accepted that what we need is people with integrity whose credibility is beyond reproach.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist

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The fact that they are not only believable and they tell the truth but they are confident in doing what they do. And that any process followed is as transparent as can be. If the minister sticks broadly with those as principles, the sooner we begin the process the better, because what we have at the moment is continued instability.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist

Africa Melane: Does this mean then that Khomotso Phahlane should not be appointed permanently in the role of National Police Commissioner because he is under investigation right now?

I'm not sure if the minister has declared himself in any way on Phahlane because he would be aware that there is a process under way and there is nothing he can do to actually either impede or undermine that process.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist

Africa Melane: That would then require that any legal any disciplinary processes that these individuals are facing must be concluded before the end of the year. Would that be possible?

Justice delayed is justice denied. Cost of keeping them in place is astronomical. The cost is not only financial but its also in public confidence and eroding the effectiveness of vital state institutions.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist

Africa Melane: These are keys roles that have to be replaced by competent and trustworthy people, to the people of South Africa and not to the politicians.

Let's give the minister the opportunity to do so. He seems to be wanting to listen, he is looking to act decisively, which is what we require of him to do. I would appeal to all of us actually let minister do what he needs to do.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist

Africa Melane: What role if any, can the portfolio committee for police in Parliament play in helping and working with the minister as far as permanent appointments of these important roles?

The portfolio committee is a vital part of the ministers oversight function, policy support and making sure that the police act by the prescripts and that we retain public confidence in them.

Eldred de Klerk, Policing Researcher and Specialist

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