FOR WRITTEN REPLY
Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Police:
(1) Whether he will publish the contents of the report on serial killers and rapists that was compiled by the National Psychological Investigation Unit of the SA Police Service; if not, why not; if so, when;
(2) what were the recommendations contained in the report;
(3) whether these recommendations can be put into practice; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4)whether he, in the light of the findings contained in the report, will reinstate specialist units; if not why not; if so, when?
(1)No, the department will not publish the contents of the report on serial killers and rapists compiled by the Investigative Psychological Unit of the South African Police Service. The report was compiled to guide and support management and investigating officers during the investigation of crimes where the DNA profiles detected the operations of serial killers and / or rapists. The report is not for public consumption and the publication thereof may compromise police investigations.
(2)The report recommended the establishment of task teams supported by the Investigative Psychological Unit and the DNA Serial Unit to investigate crimes where serial killers and rapists are involved. It also recommended the optimal utilization of trained serial (rape / murder) investigators.
(3)Yes, the task team approach is currently being implemented in all complex cases.
(4)The Minister of Police announced the re-establishment of Specialized Units during his 2010/2011 financial year budget speech which decision is translated into practice by the department. Thus, the functioning of Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit which was re-established in pursuance of the decision made by the Minister of Police.
Reply to question 216 approved by the Minister