Task team to look into ways to improve operations of SAPS
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has launched a task team that will look into ways of improving various operations of the South African Police Service (SAPS).
The Ministerial Transformation Task Team Nhleko launched in Pretoria on Monday by Nhleko‚ seated alongside his deputy‚ Maggie Sotyu‚ follows recommendations of the Farlam Commission report.
Chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam‚ the commission probed the killing of 44 people at Marikana in August 2012‚ 34 of whom were mineworkers shot dead by police on the 16th of that month.
Now known as the Marikana Massacre‚ the shootings followed a wage strike lasting several days by mineworkers employed at Lonmin’s platinum mine. Farlarm released his report in 2015.
In it‚ he recommended measures the government should implement to avoid a repeat of a similar massacre.
The transformation team announced on Monday has a different task from the committee that is looking at how the SAPS could improve public order policing. That one was assembled and announced in April this year.
Though the transformation task team will sit until 2019‚ Nhleko assured the public that not all its recommendations will be implemented then.
“Some of the issues are quite urgent. For example‚ it’s an urgent matter how we equip our police. We can’t wait for 2019.
“Transformation is not an event‚ it’s a process‚” he said.
It is a 10-member task team that will be chaired by Reverend Dr Vukile Charles Mehana.
Sotyu said the police ministry recruited people with “special skills” for the task team.
“We’ve got a person that specialises in legal [issues]‚ we’ve got a person that specialises in policy issues‚ a person that specialises in moral regeneration and a person who specialises in human resource management‚” said Sotyu.
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