Saturday, May 24, 2008

The incompetence of the SA Police Service

Written by P. Moss, of Pietermaritzburg

The evil is in the mismanagement of the police and the political misdirection of crime-fighting resources.

I reply to Hangwani Mulaudzi, “SAPS’s mission is to provide quality police service.”

While Mulaudzi waxes lyrical about SAPS plans, people have to live and survive the world’s worst violent crime rate.

While the government disarms citizens and misdirects public attention from its incompetence to the death penalty, toys are now the latest “dangerous” weapons.

It is no secret that crime pays handsomely in South Africa, and the disgraceful conviction rate of 6% is a crime against humanity. This is indicative of an across-the- board incompetence that simply cannot be denied.

This costs citizens their lives, and Mulaudzi should bear that in mind when speaking of hard-won freedom. The evil is in the gross incompetent mismanagement of the police, and the political misdirection of crime-fighting resources.

With that in mind, could Mulaudzi inform the public how many police officers chase guns and licence paperwork daily, and how many cases the firearms register has solved in all its existence?

It will make interesting reading to see exactly how concerned the SAPS are with hugely expensive manpower and resource-robbing interventions that contribute nothing to public safety.

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