Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The DA is puzzled to learn that a senior police officer, who was found guilty on the 25th of September 2014, in the Mankweng magistrate’s court, of being in possession of stolen goods was not suspended nor was he taken to task internally within the SAPS.
According to information supplied to the DA, this official was also implicated in other criminal activities by a witness during his trial.
To make matters worse, the same official allegedly received a promotion earlier this week to that of a commander’s position in an elite crime fighting unit.
The public cannot be expected to be satisfied that a convicted criminal is now in charge of a police unit that investigates serious crime.
The DA is concerned by the provincial commissioner’s reluctance to action an internal disciplinary procedures against this official.
The DA will submit written questions in Parliament to the National Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, asking him whether he will launch an inquiry into this particular case. The Minister will also have to answer questions around SAPS internal processes as well as the deliberate interference of high-ranking officials into internal investigations within the SAPS.
As a province we cannot win the fight against crime while senior officers in the SAPS shield criminal elements within our police service from accountability and scrutiny.