By John Moodey MPL, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader:
The DA is highly concerned over the seeming inability of the Gauteng SAPS to arrest and bring to book the killers of our men and women in blue.
In a written response to DA questions, it has emerged that 136 Gauteng police officers were killed in the line of duty since 2010.
However, only 35 perpetrators were successfully prosecuted and incarcerated for this heinous crime.
Of further concern is that none were brought to book since 2012/13.
Crime in South Africa has reached critical proportions, and the SAPS will only be able to turn the tide if officials are properly trained and equipped to do their job as best they can.
If police cannot fight crime, criminals will win; and the law-abiding citizens of our country will be at their mercy.
Tomorrow our DA colleagues in the National Assembly will table a plan to address this growing concern at Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police, and will deal specifically with the under-resourcing and training challenges in the SAPS.
Furthermore, we will request a meeting with Gauteng Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Lesiba Mothiba asking to discuss policing needs in the province, and offer our assistance to raise this on Parliament’s Portfolio Committee.
The war on crime will only be won when South Africans from all walks of life and political persuasions work together to ensure that the brave men and women on the thin blue line are given every resource to tackle criminals in our society.