[LISTEN] Caller says JMPD needs civilian oversight

Caller Jeff has taken issue with the lack of oversight of police officers in Johannesburg and says there needs to be a committee to evaluate the performance of Johannesburg Metro Police.

Jeff says the city had implemented this until 2002.

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He has referred to Section 64J of the South African policing act and suggests it be reintroduced.

The legislation says "A municipal council is required to appoint a committee consisting of members of the council and such other persons as may be determined by the municipal council to ensure civilian oversight of the municipal police service."

64J makes it mandatory for any municipality that has a metro police force to have a committee for civilian oversight of that force, that would evaluate JMPD performance and be a kind of intercessory force where there is a conflict between the civilian population and the metro police.

Jeff, caller

He says he made an attempt to contact Councillor and MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun on the matter.

I SMSd him about a year ago and got back a reply that he was aware of it, that the matter was in hand and that I should stay away from it because he is handling it.

Jeff, caller

This I think is not something that should be left to rest.

Jeff, caller

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