BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed from the Presidency the appointment of a new acting National Commissioner Of Police.
As learnt, President Jacob Zuma appointed Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba as the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), with immediate effect.
The Presidency informed BuzzSouthAfrica that the acting tenure of Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane came to an end on 1st June 2017.
And, that the President thanked Lt-Gen Phahlane for the leadership of the Police during his acting tenure.
“Lt-General Mothiba is currently the SAPS Divisional Head of the Management Intervention Unit.
“President Zuma has congratulated the new Acting Commissioner and wishes him all the success in his new responsibility,” stated the Presidency.
AfriForum welcomed the appointment of the new Acting Police Commissioner. The Forum’s head of safety described Lt-General Mothiba as an experienced police officer who strongly believes in community policing and discipline.
“I believe his appointment will bring new hope and increase the morale within the police force,” Ian Cameron remarked.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on the nation’s Minister of Police to prioritise on rebuilding trust in police stations for victims of rape, women abuse and femicide.
The Fighters contended that police stations are supposed to be the basic unit of safety and security.
“Yet, our police stations are at the forefront of discouraging victims of rape and women to report crimes because of the hostile and dismissive attitude of a majority of police officers.
“Many women have stoped reporting crimes of rape and abuse because their cases are not pursued or police tell them to go resolve matters with their partners.
“We need an urgent mass example of police who must be fired, charged and taken to prison for defeating the ends of justice in relation to dismissing women abuse and rape complaints,” EFF stated.
To the party, the mass example will go a long way to restore public trust in the police station as a place and space for reporting crimes women suffer at the hands of their partners.
“Without trust in the police station as a basic unit of community safety and security and police officers in our communities, the war against femicide, rape and women abuse will be lost,” upheld the party.