Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the goals facing the South African Police Service (Saps) are increasing public confidence and instilling fear in criminals.
Speaking at a police training briefing in Pretoria West, the minister discussed various components of his strategy which he will look to implement during his tenure.
“One; we need to strengthen the criminal justice system. Two; we must reduce crime through environmental design. Three; introduce initiatives that promote public values and education surrounding the police. Lastly; combat transnational crime”, explained Mbalula.
This briefing just a day after a joint investigation in Limpopo province led to the arrest of 28 suspects, from various unrelated cases, found in possession of illegal substances, unlicensed firearms and stolen goods, including motor vehicles.
Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, of provincial Saps, explained that the operation was guided by the intent to clean-up the province.
“These investigations are part of an ongoing process to demolish crime infested areas”, said Ngoepe. “Crimes which were easily our biggest problems have been decreasing because of increased police effort and visibility”.
Minister Mbalula added that pivotal to the success of the police and any internal changes, is the full exploitation of material and human resources to ensure public approval and public hope in the police.
The minister, who has been in office for less than a month, is already facing internal challenges with the emergence of an unnecessary leadership struggle within the top tier of the Hawks management.
The case concerning Berning Ntlemeza and his court-found inability to hold his position as Hawks head, has caused an administrational headache for the neo-Minister of police.
Mbalula has sought the aid of acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane and says he is hopeful that this will be resolved quickly so that the real task at hand may begin.