John Moodey MPL
DA Caucus and Provincial Leader
During the Gauteng Safety Indaba held in Gosforth Park, Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lesetja Mothiba, stated that the public are to blame for corrupting the police on at least seven out of ten occasions.
This ridiculous statement indicates that the commissioner is completely out of touch with the mandate of the police.
It is in fact up to the police to resist temptation and arrest any members of the public who attempt to bribe them.
The commissioner also admitted that crime intelligence is “in a mess” and that the work of the SAPS is seriously hindered as a result.
Further, the commissioner indicated that the challenges facing his department could take more than five years to improve.
Following the recent release of disturbing crime statistics in the province and the ongoing onslaught of both petty and violent crime in Gauteng, these statements by the police commissioner are very worrying.
The DA has long advocated that improved crime intelligence should be a priority in combatting and preventing crime in South Africa. Five more years to get this right is just not good enough.
I will be submitting questions to the MEC of Community Safety in Gauteng to establish how many citizens have been arrested for bribing the police over the past year. I will also be requesting the MEC to provide details of the department’s plan to fix and improve crime intelligence in the province.