Parliamentary Question: Assisting the public in Afrikaans at any Northern Cape police station


1671. Dr H C van Schalkwyk (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) Whether people can be assisted in Afrikaans at any time at any police station in the Northern Cape; if not, (a) why not, (b) what is being done to provide such a service and (c) what are the (i) details and (ii) locations of the stations where individuals cannot be assisted in Afrikaans; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2) whether any cases were removed from the court roll as a result of incorrect information taken down by SA Police Service officers who were not able to communicate in Afrikaans in the Northern Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many in the (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08, (iv) 2008-09 and (v) 2009-10 financial years and (b) what are the further relevant details?


1(1)(a) Not Applicable.
(1)(b) Members in the CSC are divided into both Afrikaans and English speaking members to ensure that members of the public are assisted in the language of their choice. Afrikaans speaking members are placed with English members on the vehicles to assist the community members in Afrikaans.

Complainants are given the opportunity after their statements were taken, to read through their statement and if satisfied, to sign it.
(1)(c) Not Applicable.
(2) None.

Reply to question 1671 approved by the Minister