The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the police must meet the brutality that criminals mete out against their victims with an equal amount of force if they are to succeed in fighting crime.
Mthethwa told a group of black business people in Sandton yesterday that more house robberies were recorded in countries such as Australia than in South Africa, but that the difference was the violence with which they were committed in South Africa.
He said the police were prepared to meet fire with fire when it came to dealing with violent crimes.
Mthethwa said that given the situation, police should not be expected to approach criminals "waving the Constitution and the human rights charter".
"We want anyone, including human rights organisations, to come and tell us that we should be friends with these scoundrels."
He also reiterated that there was a need to change the police command structure "because the police cannot be managed like a business".
Mthethwa said managers managed by listening to everyone "but commanders give commands."
He also admitted that there was "a culture of laziness" in the police service which in some cases undermined how the police served the public.
Mthethwa said part of that culture could be seen in the response of some police officers to the new "hands-on approach" adopted by the new government.
This includes unannounced visits to police stations by President Jacob Zuma.
Mthethwa also said there should be a review of how the police managed their resources.