MPs seek clarity on force after acting head fails to attend oversight committee meeting
The dysfunctional metro police force in Nelson Mandela Bay has raised the ire of some MPs, after the Bay’s acting metro police chief failed to arrive for a police oversight committee meeting to brief parliament.
The police committee will now summon the acting head to appear before it to account.
Nelson Mandela Bay’s metro police force, which has hit a string of snags since its establishment was promulgated by Bhisho in 2009,was launched in May amid criticism that staff were not properly consulted or trained for the job in parliament yesterday, MPs were told the force was still not completely functional and did not have a full-time head.
The city is in the process of hiring a new metro police chief after it fired former chief Pinkie Mathabathe, also in May.
However, the city cannot move forward with any appointment until the court case between Mathabathe and the municipality is finalised.
She turned to the Johannesburg Labour Court in July as she says she was unfairly dismissed and was not given a fair hearing and a month’s notice of termination of her contract.
Judgment in the court case has been reserved.
The committee was told yesterday that the total staff component of the Bay’s metro police force was
yet to be implemented, along with the operational staff component.