Public Order Policing 2011 – Programme – Day 1


Public order policing in a changing African political environment
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Programme, day 1: 3 October
08:00 Arrival & registration
09:00 Opening & welcome: Colonel David Peddle
alt Nathi Emmanuel Nkosinathi Mthethwa
Minister of South African Police Service
09:30 alt MP Shadow Minister of Police
Dianne Kohler Barnard
09:50 Sustainable institutional – reform is this possible?
  alt Piet Biesheuvel
Accountability and oversight should be an integral part of any external police reform programme. A description of different ways of managing reputational risk when undertaking sensitive police capacity strengthening will be provided by the speaker, together with international examples of good and not so good practices and lessons learned.
10:20 Tea & networking
10:50 Reconstructions of the past: memories of Public Order Policing under apartheid
  alt Elrena VD Spuy
Professor of criminology
This presentation will draw on a small number of interviews with former generals of the South African Police regarding the challenges which confronted the policing of public (dis)order at the height of popular resistance to Apartheid. This presentation aims to move beyond the rather superficial depictions of public order policing so characteristic of earlier critiques in the hope of uncovering some of the complexities instead.
11:20 The Nigerian experience
Innocence Chukwuma
Executive director
Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEEN)
Nigerian experience with regard to POP and possibly more from the legal approach to how the police approach POP, and some lessons to be learned from this.
11:50 Policing post election violence in Kenya
  alt Dr. Mutuma Ruteere
Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies
Policing Post Election Violence in Kenya. The paper examines how the Kenyan police responded to the 2007-2008 crisis of post-election violence and develops the argument that the view of the police as mere tools of the political leadership is too limited an explanation of police conduct in responding to ethnic and election violence. The presentation suggests that even with the limited available knowledge of the operations of African police organisations there is room to introduce more variables and complexity in explaining the policing of public order.
12:20 Panel discussion
12:50 Less than lethal crowd solutions
  Bruce Botma Bruce Botma, Rheinmetall-Denel Munition  
13:20 Lunch & networking
14:20 The law and evidence at public gatherings
  Brig. Bert vd Walt, SAPS legal expert
14:50 CASE STUDY – Policing service delivery protests Cape Town
  Irvin Kinnes
Former chief director for policy and research at SAPS Civilian Secretariat for Police
Kinnes will present a case study, in conjunction with a Cape Town policeman, on public order problems associated with the Western Cape.
15:20 Panel discussion
15:50 Tea break and networking
16:20 Why do things go wrong at public gatherings
  Professor Monique Marks
University of UKZ-N
The key questions to be explored are: why has this reversion to violence occurred in the policing of public order? Has the nature of demonstrations changed? Is our gatherings legislation no longer equipped to deal with new demands? Have we neglected building the capacity and skill of crowd marshals and the ongoing training required by the police? Has there been a gradual erosion of police public order capacity through the ongoing restructuring that has taken place within the public order police unit? Has the shift to a more ‘tough on crime’ approach led to a decline in sensibility of peaceful outcomes within the police?
16:50 The application of active protection technologies to mitigate public order challenges
  alt Cobus van der Merwe Executive Manager:
BD Land, Saab (t/a Electronic Defense Systems)
> Factors contributing to violent Public Disorder.
> Requirements for mitigation of unrest.
> Candidate technologies and its’ applications to mitigate Public Disorder
> Benefits of active protection mitigation in the law enforcement chain
17:20 Conference closing: Day 1, conference chair

altCocktail function sponsored by Rheinmetall-Denel Munition

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