PRESS RELEASE BY SANCO
South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Thursday welcomed Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula’s appointment of Yolisa Matakata as new acting Priority Crimes Investigation head but stressed that a lot still need to be done to restore public confidence in law enforcement agencies.
“The “Hollywood” arrangement across criminal justice system including the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) does not inspire public confidence at a critical time when allegations of corruption and state capture are rife,” stressed SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu
Mahlangu said that the speedy appointment of the National Commissioner and a permanent incumbent to the position that was occupied by former controversial head of the Hawks, Major-General Berning Ntlemeza, will stabilise the unit that needs to intensify the fight against serious crimes, fraud and corruption.
“Acting incumbent are not empowered to act without fear or favour and to exercise powers in decision making processes. They are pliable and manipulatable for fear that being assertive might jeopardise their chances of permanently securing posts they are currently occupying,” he stressed.
He reiterated SANCO’s call for a review of the National Crime Prevention Strategy for additional resources to be allocated to communities terrorised by gangsterism, drugs and violent crimes.