Gauteng Police Commissioner suspends CPF oversight functions

By Kate Lorimer MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC: Community Safety:

It has come to the DA’s attention that Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt General Lesetja  Mothiba, has suspended the oversight functions of all Community Policing Forums (CPFs) in the province.

In a letter addressed to all station and cluster commanders in Gauteng, the commissioner states that until such time that the National Police Commissioner instructs otherwise, his office “will not permit any oversight role by the CPFs at any police station within the Gauteng province.”

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I believe that this a direct contravention of section 18 (1) of the South African Police Service Act which states that, amongst other things, the provincial SAPS shall establish CPFs with the view to: improving transparency in the Service and accountability of the Service to the community.

Transparency and accountability can only be achieved through oversight; a critical component of ensuring that our communities receive the services they deserve.

Civilian oversight is a constitutionally mandated exercise which the police commissioner cannot simply suspend.

CPFs are a vital lifeline between communities and those designated to oversee their protection.

The fight against crime in Gauteng cannot be won without the cooperation of all members of our society and to dismiss this critical oversight function is to place the safety and security of all of us at further risk.