Friday, August 13, 2021

Maj. Gen Oswald Reddy is WC's new police ombudsman

The Western Cape has a new Police Ombudsman.

Major General Oswald Reddy official day at the office will be 1 September.

Reddy was appointed on 29 July after the Western Cape Legislature's Standing Committee on Community Safety agreed unanimously to his appointment.

Maj. Gen Reddy has worked in SAPS for over 39 years and served in numerous capacities, having worked in the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng. In addition, he has served as a Major General in SAPS for 19 years. He currently serves as the Cluster Commander in the Garden Route.

The purpose of the Western Cape Police Ombudsman is to attend to complaints regarding police inefficiencies.

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, welcomed the appointment

“I am glad that we have nominated Maj Gen Reddy for this position where he will provide important oversight over the South African Police Service (SAPS) on behalf of communities in the Western Cape. I look forward to working with the new Western Cape Police Ombudsman who brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise. He is a person who puts new ideas on the table. This is exemplified as he has established Youth Desks and Senior Citizen Desks at all SAPS Stations within the Eden Cluster, and is piloting the Evidence-Based Policing concept for SAPS nationally, in conjunction with the Institute of Security Studies.”

Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, says he is looking forward to working with the new police ombudsman

"On behalf of the Department of Community Safety, I would like to welcome Maj Gen Reddy nomination as the Ombudsman, which has a crucially important role to play in our Provincial Safety Plan. We look forward to the many fruitful engagements we will have and to working together for the benefit of our citizens and communities.”

Done By: Mitchum George

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