By Pule Thole, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Safety:
The DA notes the retirement of Northern Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Janet Basson following a career spanning 30 years.
While we commend the out-going commissioner, the DA believes her replacement should emulate her, she raised the bar and the next person has big shoes to fill.
We expect the new Provincial Commissioner to lead with integrity and be apolitical to inspire confidence in the service and the community at large.
This will ensure that police carry out their duties without fear or favour and improve their effectiveness to tackle crime head on.
Research indicates that senior police leaders play a crucial role in creating an ethical working environment, which in turn can impact on the attitudes and behaviours of officers and staff.
Challenges remain in this province and the new PC must continue where Lt Gen Basson left.
Kimberley, Galeshewe, Upington and Roodepan are still the worst precincts of reported crimes in Northern Cape.
The capital city tops the list with 7740 of the total crimes reported and the province remains one of the highest with sexual offences in the country.
The province recorded an increase of 6.3 percent in murder in the previous financial year with 438 cases reported.
Assault causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) is also a serious concern in the province and increased by 0.6 percent with 8 734 cases reported in the previous financial year.
If we are serious about ensuring freedom and fairness and ensuring safe communities as per NDP goals then right from the top we should have leaders with passion and commitment of the highest level such as that of Lt Gen Basson.
The DA wishes her all the best with her future endeavours and thank her for her dedication to the service and to the people of the Northern Cape.