Statement: Police to host summit against police killings
The Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa has convened a Summit Against Police killings aimed at soliciting feedback from various stakeholders in dealing with the recent upsurge around the country.
The Summit will bring across representatives from CPFs, Business, Civic Organisations, Media, Research and Academic institutions, NGOs, LeadSA, SHOUT Foundation, Interfaith organizations. These representatives will share some of their expertise in helping government tackle this issue. The Summit will include a keynote address by the Minister as well as break-away commissions which will tackle various topics and then report back sessions afterwards.
“There is a war out there, which by the way has been declared by criminals on society and police; and the society in this instance is on the side of the police. We are therefore calling upon all these different sectors, particularly to draw from their scientific, qualitative, personal and academic expertise on how we can all tackle this challenge of killing of our members. We shall also be introspecting as law enforcement agencies on whether the systems and strategies that are in place are effective of not,” stated Minister Mthethwa.
Details of the Summit are as follows:
Date: Friday, 8 July 2011
Venue: Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg
Time: 8h30 for 09h00 – 16h00
There will also be a signing of a Summit Pledge by all stakeholders, which will ensure that agreements and programmes agreed to at the Summit are implemented; to avoid this important session being just another talk show without tangible outcomes.
Amongst the speakers on the day will be Minister Mthethwa, Deputy Minister of Police, Ms Maggie Sotyu, National Police Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, National CPF Chairperson, Mr Mandla Mphuti, representatives from Institute for Security Studies, LeadSA, Business Against Crime, Interfaith organisations, and many more.
All members of the media are invited.
For enquiries, please contact:
Zweli Mnisi, Spokesperson to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Police 082 045 4024
Issued by the Ministry of Police.