Thursday, October 15, 2015

WC MEC Plato says suspension of Phiyega must not destabilise policing

Mbasa Gqokoma
15 October 2015

In a statement issued, Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato says, the suspension of National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, must not have a destabilising impact on policing on the ground.

Plato says, Phiyega’s suspension, coupled with the suspension of Western Cape Police Comissioner Arnor Lamoer, and several senior SAPS officers in this province, means that stability is needed especially in the Western Cape.

Spokesperson for MEC Plato, Ewald Both says “Minister Plato has confidence in Major General Phathekile and the men and women in blue serving our communities. Plato calls on national SAPS management to ensure that’s SAPS officers on the ground and their communities are safe.”

Meanwhile, the Congress of the People condemns the manner in which the Presidency handled the timing of National police commissioner.

COPE spokesperson, Dennis Bloem says, it was common knowledge that Phiyega was appearing before the Portfolio Committee in parliament, and that the announcement could have waited until the end of the meeting. Bloem says “We are saying that even if the Commissioner was about to be suspended, it must be done in a professional way and not humiliate her in that way.”



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