DA denied full access to Ntuzuma SAPS during oversight visit

Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison

The Democratic Alliance will write to KZN Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu, to establish whether MPL’s must have prior consent from the provincial police commissioner in order to access all areas of a police station during oversight visits.

The move comes after I was denied unrestricted access to Ntuzuma SAPS during a recent oversight visit with a local DA councillor.  The visit was in response to a complaint of a lack working vehicles at that particular police station.

Firstly, it was difficult to contact the station commander to say we were coming. Secondly, despite the welcoming demeanour of the station commander, I was later denied an oversight tour of relevant sections of the police station – specifically the vehicles and holding cells.

Access to these areas was denied on the basis that there was no prior consent from the provincial police commissioner.

Provincial legislature oversight of the South African Police Services is mandated by the Constitution section 114 (b) (ii). The voters in the province also encourage us as their representatives to perform oversight over public sector services that have a direct impact on their safety.

The Democratic Alliance has always supported transparency and accountability of all public service institutions to the public’s elected representatives. Noting the above, the denial of any of our spokespeople to fulfil their constitutional mandate is very worrying.