Police to revisit white paper


The Ministry of Police priorities will be reviewing the White Paper on Safety and Security as well as the South African Police Service Act and the Private Security Industry and Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) in the coming year.

Police minister Nathi Mthethwa says the some sections of the current legislation and policy “are not as clear as they should be … to conform to the Constitution while addressing the current crime trends.”

He also said proper planning, deployment of police resource and willingness to serve are recipes for success. As such the world-class standard of policing experienced during the 2010 FIFA World Cup “is a model that must be carried out by each and every member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) as well as all the provincial law enforcement agencies,” he told a gathering of police chiefs and provincial security MECs (Members of the Executive Council) at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg Friday.

Mthethwa’s office ays the purpose of the meeting was to deliberate on various policing issues in the country and was the first since the successful hosting of the soccer tournament. “Key on the agenda was the assessment and review of the of the safety and security models which were implemented during the World Cup. Amongst other critical issues discussed were progress reports around the upcoming festive season security plans, cross border stock theft, progress at the forensics and Central Firearms Registry.”
“What characterised our approach during the World Cup was … an integrated approach of working together, working smarter and faster. We may have adopted some of key lessons immediately post the World Cup, but we now need to ensure these models become daily success recipes,” he said. “With immediate effect, we need to perfect it and parallel to this would be relooking our policing deployment strategy, that is, when, where and how we deploy our police and all the resources we bought during the tournament.”

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele informed the meeting the working-together approach with other government departments is one of the lasting legacies which cannot be underestimated and these must be sustained. “The arrest of some of the most undesirable criminals from countries such as Argentina was to a large extent as a result of [the] SAPS’ close collaboration with Home Affairs and SARS [South African Revenue Service]. We have sustained these relations and we will continue to create zero space for criminals.”

Loking ahead to the December holiday season, Cele said operations will be intensified across all provinces. “This will be informed by a close collaboration amongst all provinces because the recent crime trends point to crime displacement (for example, criminals robbing Gauteng and rushing to hide in KwaZulu-Natal) as one of the critical challenges.”