The portfolio committee on police adopted five measures during last week’s Budgetary Review Recommendation Report (BRRR) that will demilitarise the police and bring their role into line with the National Development Plan (NDP).
The measures were adopted in an effort to improve police professionalism and conduct‚ the committee said in a statement released on Monday.
The measures‚ according to committee chairperson Francois Beukman‚ were supported by all political parties in the committee.
The committee recommended the following:
1. That the South African Police Service (SAPS) continue with its plan to demilitarise the service through training and professionalisation and determine the budget of such processes over the medium term and provide the Committee with a report.
2. That the SAPS proceed with the professionalisation of the service and that it provides the Committee with a report on the processes and timelines it will follow to achieve this ministerial priority.
3. That the SAPS complete its planning for demilitarisation and provide the committee with a project plan and timelines for its implementation.
4. The establishment of an independent panel of experts on transformation in the SAPS and the transformation task force led by the deputy minister in furtherance of the implementation of the Farlam Commission recommendations.
5. That the SAPS develop action steps to reduce and limit the budgeted amounts for civil claims against the police.
He added that the full implementation of the recommendations contained in the NDP was critical to ensure that a culture change of demilitarisation takes place and relations between the police and community are improved.
The BRRR recommendations are therefore aimed at fast-tracking the implementation of the National Development Plan as it relates to the SAPS. “Police conduct must be in line with the Constitution and the rights of citizens must be protected at all times. The interaction between the citizenry and the police must be one of mutual respect and appreciation of their respective roles‚” said Mr Beukman.
RDM News Wire