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19 October 2020 - NW2122

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Police

(1) With reference to visits seen on media platforms relating to the recent destruction of property and land invasion that have been taking place in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where members of the SA Police (SAPS) were seen standing and watching, (a) what is his position on police standing and watching while property is being vandalised and lives threatened and (b) is this allowed; (2) what number of public order police units are deployed in each province with the issue of (i) land invasions and (ii) destruction of property? NW2684E

Reply:

(1)(a)(b) The mandate of the South African Police Service (SAPS), as set out in Section 205(3) of the Constitution of Republic of South Africa, 1996, is to prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property and to uphold and enforce the law. It is, therefore, important to note that the mandate of the SAPS is not only to protect the lives and property of persons, but to upload and enforce the law, including the rights of landowners.

The SAPS has taken not of the recent judgement, which was delivered in the Western Cape (Cape Town) High Court, in the matter of the South African Human Rights Commission v The City of Cape Town, for the police to protect and respect the rights of victims and enforce the law. In view of the judgment, the SAPS reaffirms its commitment to respect the fundamental rights of every person and reaffirms its responsibility to execute its constitutional mandate, including the responsibility to uphold and enforce the law.

(2)(i)(ii)

Province

Number of Pubic Order Policing (POP) Units

Number of Public Order Policing (POP) members

Eastern Cape

7

692

Gauteng

6

1097

Free State

6

498

KwaZulu-Natal

7

1125

Limpopo

6

498

Mpumalanga

5

426

Northern Cape

5

374

North West

3

436

Western Cape

4

520


There is no specific capacity assigned to land invasions and destruction of property POP members are deployed, where and when required

Reply to question 2122 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE
Date:

19 October 2020 - NW2104

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

What(a) total number of the VIP Protection Service are being investigated for (i) criminal charges (ii) civil charges and (iii) internal disciplinary charges and (b) are the relevant details in each case? NW2664E

Reply:

(a)(i) A total of 14 members of the Very Important Persons (VIP) Protection Service, are being investigated for criminal charges.
(a)(ii) No member of the VIP Protection Service, is being investigated for civil charges.
(a)(iii) A total of six members, of the VIP Protection Service, are being investigated for internal disciplinary charges

(b) The relevant details are reflected in the table below

10

Common assault

Pending

11

Sexual assault

Pending

12

Driving under the influence of alcohol

Pending

13

Pointing of firearm

Pending

14

Negligent loss of firearm

Pending

 

DEPARTMENTAL CASES

 

No

Description

Status

1

Contravention of Regulation 11(b)(1)(A) of Disaster Management Act (DMA)

Investigation finalised – hearing pending

2

Contravention of protection order

Pending – member admitted for rehabilitation

3

Driving under the influence of alcohol

Investigation finalised – hearing pending

4

Murder

Investigation finalised – hearing pending

5

Discharge of firearm /pointing of firearm

Investigation finalised – hearing pending

6

Regulation 5(3)(g),(n),(u)

Investigation finalised – hearing pending

19 October 2020 - NW2061

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

Whether (a) he and (b) any member of his VIP protection detail own and carry a licensed firearm; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what (i) total number of the members of his VIP protection detail own and carry a firearm and (ii) are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) The reply to this question may directly affect the safety and security of the Minister of Police and, therefore, it cannot be provided.
(b) Close protectors, who are in possession of the required permits, in terms of the Firearm Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60. 2000), are issued with South African Police Service (SAPS) firearms, as per their SAPS108 personnel inventories.
The reply to the remainder of the question may directly affect the safety and security of the Minister of Police and, therefore, it cannot be provided.
(b)(i) The reply to this question may directly affect the safety and security of the Minister of Police. However, it can be confirmed that the close protectors carry SAPS firearms, which are issued to persons who have the required permits, in terms of the Firearms Control Act.
(b)(ii) The reply to this question may directly affect the safety and security of the Minister of Police. However, it can be confirmed that the close protectors carry SAPS firearms, which are issued to persons who have the required permits, in terms of the Firearms Control Act.

Reply to question 2061 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/10/09

Reply to question 2061 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 18/10/2020

19 October 2020 - NW2094

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What total number of persons have been arrested who were involved in (a) hijackings and (b) arson attacks in the road freight sector during the protest and disruptions that occurred (i) in Mooirivier in 2018, (ii) on the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal, (iii) on the N1 and N7 in Cape Town and (iv) during any other specified protest incidents that have been reported to the SA Police Service; (2) whether any of the specified persons have been granted bail; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2654E

Reply:


(1)(a)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) and (2)

The information is not readily available and must be obtained from the provinces. A request is made for an extension of 14 days, to obtain the information and provide the response.

Reply to question 2094 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020-10-09

Reply to question 2094 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 18-10-2020

19 October 2020 - NW2105

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) total number of SA Police Service members have had cases gender-based violence opened against them, (b) is the name of each police station where the specified members are based and (c) are the crimes that have been perpetrated in each case? NW 2666E

Reply:

(a) A total of 139 members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have had cases, relating to gender-based violence opened against them, 2019/2020.
(b) The names of the police stations, per province, where the specified members are based, are reflected in the table below:

Find here: Province; Name of each police station where the specified members are based

19 October 2020 - NW2103

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

What are the reasons for the decline in performance by the National Forensic Science Laboratories during the third quarter with respect to percentage of (a) integrated Ballistics Identification Systems intelligence case exhibits and (b) biology Deoxyriboncleic Acid intelligence case exhibits that have been finalised? NW2663E

Reply:

(a) The decline in performance, during the third quarter of 2019/2020, with regard to the percentage of integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) intelligence case exhibits, was due to the lack of maintenance contract, for the IBIS. The maintenance contract has now been finalised, which resulted in an increase in performance

(b) The decline in performance, during the third quarter of 2019/2020, with regard to the percentage of biology Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) intelligence case exhibits, was due to laboratory instruments not being serviced, as well as a shortage of consumables, which is necessary for DNA analysis to be carried out. This was due to limited funds. The operational budget was increased, which enabled the servicing of laboratory instruments and the purchase of consumables, which in turn resulted in improved performance.

Reply to question 2103 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 202-10-09

Reply to question 2103 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 18/10/2020

01 October 2020 - NW1932

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

With regard to the total number of firearms handed over to SA Police Service during the firearm amnesty ending May 2020, what total number of the firearms (a) have been tested through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, (b) have been linked to the commission of a crime, (c) have been destroyed and (d) are subject to a license renewal application?

Reply:

a) A total of 7 170 amnesty firearms were tested through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), up until 31 May 2020.
b) The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) linked a total of 108 amnesty firearms to previously received ballistics cases, by means of the serial numbers. One amnesty firearm was linked to a previous case, by means of ballistics.
c) No firearms, which were handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) during the firearm amnesty, which ended on 31 May 2020, have been destroyed.
d) No firearms, which were handed over to the SAPS during the firearm amnesty, which ended on 31 May 2020, are subject to a license renewal application.

01 October 2020 - NW1974

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What number of police stations have victim friendly rooms for gender-based violence and sexual crimes in the Republic; (2) whether his department will provide Mrs. D B Ngwenya with a list of the specified police stations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the level of capacitation of the police and professional staff working in the victim-friendly rooms?

Reply:

The details, with regard to the number of police stations, with victim friendly rooms (VFR’s), are reflected in the table below:

Summary of Victim Friendly Rooms: 30 June 2020

Categories

Provinces’

Total per

category

 

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LIM

MP

NC

MW

WC

 

Number of police stations, per province

198

111

143

184

104

90

91

63

151

1 155     

Number of police station• with VFRa, per province

159

84

137

154

93

84

70

74

151

1 006

Number of police stations without VFRa, per province but at which an alternate venue has been designated.

39

27

6

30

11

6

21

9

0

149

  1. The list of police stations, is attached as Annexure A. All police stations have frontline service members, working in community service centres (CSCs), who have been trained in one or more of the following learning programmes:

Basic Training in Domestic Violence.

    • Domestic Violence.
    • Victim Empowerment.
    • Sexual Offences.
    • Family Violence.
    • Vulnerable Children

A directive was sent to all the SAPS provincial commissioners, indicating that SAPS members, who are deployed in CSCs and VFRs must be prioritised for training in victim empowerment, first responder sexual offences and domestic violence learning programmes.

Reply to question 1974 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE:22/09/2020

Reply to question 1974 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 01/10/2020

Response to question in Parliament, number 1974 Annexure A
Response to question in Parliament, number 1974 Annexure A

29 September 2020 - NW2053

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Police

What total number of SA Police Service members have been (a) dismissed and/or (b) successfully charged for not complying with legislation, policies and directives in matters of gender-based violence;

Reply:

(1)(a) No member of the South African Police Service (SAPS), has been dismissed for not complying with legislation, policies and directives in matters of gender- based violence.

(1)(b) A total of 28 SAPS members have been successfully charged, for not complying with legislation, policies and directives, in matters of gender-based violence, in 2020/2021. Of the 28 SAPS members, five were sanctioned short of dismissal, one member resigned, one member was found not guilty and 21 disciplinary cases are still pending.

(2)The Minister will decide whether he will make a statement, in this regard.

Reply to question 2053 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/09/13

Reply to question 2053 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 27/09/2020

29 September 2020 - NW2019

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Police

Whether the primary reason of the firearm amnesty was to get illegal firearms out of circulation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

  1. Yes, the primary reason of the firearm amnesty was to remove illegal firearms out of circulation. A total of 44 753 illegal firearms, were handed in.
  2. (2)(a) Yes, firearm amnesty provides firearm owners with an opportunity to hand in unwanted firearms.
  3. (2)(b) No, in terms of Section 28(1)(a) of the Firearms Control Act(Act No. 60 of 2000), a licence terminates if it has not been renewed. The Act does not provide for the renewal of expired licences.

Reply to question 2019 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/09/13

Reply to question 2019 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 27/09/2020

29 September 2020 - NW2049

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

Whether the National Forensic Science Laboratories are accredited by the International Organization for Standardization; if not, why not; if so, on what date was each laboratory accredited;

Reply:

(1).Internationally, the accreditation of laboratories is a voluntary scheme, which is open to any laboratory performing testing and/or calibration. No current legislation exists, which requires accreditation as a prerequisite, for acceptance of scientific test results in legal proceedings when the credibility of the results can be proven according to full traceability of processes and materials, used to produce a result or finding.

Currently, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), is not an accredited laboratory, as per ISO 17025:2017. However, it is working towards obtaining accreditation, as a laboratory testing facility. Such accreditation status only provides a benefit, in terms of the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act, 2006 (Act No. 19 of 2006).

The FSL has a developed a Quality Management System (QMS), which is in line with ISO 17025:2017, through which the credibility of the results can be proven. Forensic analysts in the environment, are subjected to forensic training and mentoring programmes, prior to performing duties independently. Cases are subjected to peer review, as part of quality control. The FSL also participates in a proficiency testing programme, to provide confidence in test results and to monitor the performance of analysts.

The methods employed for analyses within the FSL are internationally accepted and have been used for many years. The methods are largely based on a qualitative comparison analysis, using certified reference materials, which are fully traceable.

The accreditation status does not prevent the FSL from providing forensic services, as Courts of Law will evaluate all the evidence and decide, on a case to case basis, the acceptability of the scientific evidence submitted.

(2) The Ballistics Section of the FSL is not registered with the Association of Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners (AFTE). The AFTE registers individuals and not institutions. It is not compulsory to be an AFTE registered member, to conduct forensic ballistics examinations, in South Africa. The fact that the Ballistics Section of the FSL is not registered with the AFTE, has no impact on the duties conducted by the personnel of the Ballistics Section, nor their testimony in Courts of Law.

Reply to question 2049 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/09/13

Reply to question 2049 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 27/09/2020

29 September 2020 - NW1845

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

What total number of (a) police officials have been arrested for the murder on other police officials over the past two years and (b) the specified cases have been successfully prosecuted?

Reply:

(a) and (b) The information, which is required to respond to this question, is not readily available. A request is made for an extension of 14 days, in which to respond.

Reply to question 1845 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/09/13

Reply to question 1845 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 27/09/2020

29 September 2020 - NW2018

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to his recommendation that the firearms amnesty be extended from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021, (a) what different methods of awareness campaigns will be used by the SA Police Service to successfully communicate to the public, given that there was a decline in the number of firearms that were surrendered during the first period of the 2019-20 financial year?

Reply:

The types of awareness campaigns, which will be used by the South African Police Service (SAPS), to successfully communicate the firearm amnesty 2020/2021 to the public, are as follows:
▪ Announcements on all the SAPS social media platforms.
▪ Live reads through the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio stations, from September 2020 to December 2020, promoting the image of the SAPS and creating awareness of the firearm amnesty, as well as the purpose thereof.
▪ Television campaigns, for example, Squeeze Back, on the SABC television channels, in November 2020, promoting the image of the SAPS and creating awareness of the firearm amnesty, as well as the purpose thereof.
▪ Television campaigns, in the form of Digital Brand Integration, in September 2020 and October 2020, promoting the image of the SAPS and creating awareness of the firearm amnesty, as well as the purpose thereof.
▪ National printed media campaigns- announcements in September 2020, in the form of strip advertising in the Caxton Group, knock and drop newspapers.
▪ Distributing pamphlets at shopping malls, taxi ranks, commuter points and other places of gathering.
▪ Media advertising through the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), which includes the SABC radio and television, as well as e-TV
▪ Announcements on the SAPS website.

Reply to question 2018 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/09/13

Reply to question 2018 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 27/09/2020

10 September 2020 - NW1830

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he has taken any steps against some government officials who violated lockdown regulations when they attended the funeral service of the late Mr A M Mlangeni; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the steps that have been taken?

Reply:

A criminal case was opened at the Orlando Police Station, on 30 July 2020, CAS 298/07/2020, for Contravention of the Disaster Management Act 2020, regulating the number of attendees to a funeral. The case was investigated and presented to the Senior State Prosecutor at the Orlando Magistrates Court, who declined to prosecute and remarked as follows: “The alleged event was spontaneous. The suspect did not invite the mourners and had no control over them."

10 September 2020 - NW1876

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) are the reasons that the Edenvale Police Station removed the cameras in the charge office and cells and (b) was the cost of installing the specified cameras? NW2324E

Reply:

  1. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has no record of cameras that were installed or removed, at the Edenvale Police Station.
  2. Not applicable.

 

 

 

 

10 September 2020 - NW1926

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Police

With regard to the recent illegal land invasions seen in Khayelisha, Cape Town during the lockdown, what (a) total number of persons have since been arrested for convening an illegal gathering as per the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002, (b) total number of persons have been arrested and charged for destruction of property and (c) steps has he taken to ensure that there are no illegal gatherings and/or illegal invasion of state and privately owned land? NW2441E

Reply:

  1. From 27 March 2020 to 21 August 2020, a total number of 466 persons have been arrested for convening an illegal gathering, as per the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).
  2. From 27 March 2020 to 21 August 2020, a total number of 299 persons have been arrested and charged for the destruction of property.
  3. Regular planning meetings, are held with the various law enforcement agencies. The South African Police Service (SAPS) also has an early warning system, based on crime intelligence reports, which informs the coordinating committees.

Reply to question 1926 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/28

Reply to question 1926 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 09/09/2020

10 September 2020 - NW1074

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) is the total number of gender-based violence (GBV) cases which has been reported to the SA Police Service since the beginning of the lockdown on 26 March 2020 in each province and (b) number of the specified GBV cases have resulted in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in each case?

Reply:

(a) and (b)

The total number of gender-based violence (GBV) cases, which were reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS), since the beginning of the lockdown, on 26 March 2020, in each province and the number of the specified GBV cases, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in each case, are reflected in the table below:

Province

(a)

Total reported

b

b

   

Total persons charged

Total persons convicted

Eastern Cape

243

488

8

Free State

189

373

18

Gauteng

743

1137

23

KwaZulu-Natal

230

375

4

Limpopo

97

253

31

Mpumalanga

88

151

7

North West

77

140

3

Northern Cape

37

122

1

Western Cape

530

1019

35

Total

2234

4 058

130

 

2

Reply to question 1074 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

Date:

Reply to question 1074 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE (MP)

Date: 09/09/2020

10 September 2020 - NW1861

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) did his review of the deployment of the SA National Defence Force members to help fight crime in Cape Town find and (b) lessons have the SA Police Service learnt from this experience about fighting crime? NW2267E

Reply:

During Operation Lockdown, a multidisciplinary approach between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), in a supportive role, to fight crime in identified hotspot policing precincts, within the Cape Town metropole, led to a significant reduction in contact crimes.

A multidisciplinary strategy, resulting in coordinated planning, optimal utilisation of resources, focused execution and joint review and assessment of operations, is critical to the enhancement of our crime combating efforts.

Reply to question 1861 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/28

Reply to question 1861 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, (MP)
Date: 09/09/2020

GENERAL H AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

10 September 2020 - NW1090

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

1. What(a) number of persons are currently employed in an (i) administrative and (ii) operational capacity in the Crime Intelligence Division of the SA Police Service (SAPS), (b) number of the specified persons have criminal records and (c) are the relevant details of the (i) offence(s) each person was convicted of and (ii) date on which each conviction was made; 2. why are the persons with criminal records employed in the SAPS Crime Intelligence Division?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) A total number of 1 578 persons are currently employed in an administrative capacity in the Division: Crime Intelligence, of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

(1)(a)(ii) A total number of 5 501 persons are currently employed in an operational capacity in the Division: Crime Intelligence, of the SAPS.

(1)(b)(c)(i)(ii) There is no provision in the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2010 (Act No. 6 of 2010), that authorises the keeping of a separate fingerprint database for employees of the SAPS, which can be accessed to obtain specified persons (employees) criminal records. Criminal records are identified through fingerprint searches and can be accessed for a criminal investigation or a crime detection. A record of employees in the Crime Intelligence environment, identifying employees with criminal records, is not readily available. In order to establish which employees have criminal records, the fingerprints of 7 079 employees need to be taken and analysed.

The process to identify which members have criminal records is a continuous process. The Division: Crime Intelligence, is currently aware of 27 employees with criminal records.

(2) When a person is employed in the SAPS, including the Division: Crime Intelligence and it is found that the prospective employee has a criminal record, each case is dealt with on its own merits. The National Commissioner may waive the requirement that an employee should not ha\ie a previous criminal conviction, upon his or her appointment. Each individual case is considered, in terms of the nature and gravity of the criminal record. Where an employee was convicted of an offence while in the employ of the SAPS and is sentenced to a term of imprisonment without the option of a fine, he or she will be deemed to have been discharged from the SAPS, with effect from the date following the date of such sentence.

However, if the term of imprisonment is wholly suspended, the member concerned will not be deemed to have been discharged. In the event that the term of imprisonment is wholly suspended or where the employee was sentenced to a term of imprisonment with the option of a fine, he or she will be subjected to the disciplinary process, in terms of the SAPS Discipline Regulations and a Board of Inquiry, will be conducted to determine his or her fitness to remain an employee of the SAPS.

Reply to question 1090 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/28

Reply to question 1090 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 09/09/2020

10 September 2020 - NW1893

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Police

Whether there are any plans to build more police stations in (a) Mohlakeng and (b) Toekomsrus townships in the Rand West City Local Municipality, Gauteng, seeing that there is a rapid increase in the population of the specified townships and an increase in the rate of crime?

Reply:

  1. A work study investigation, with regard to the upgrading of the Mohlakeng Satellite Police Station, to a fully-fledged police station, has been completed and is pending a decision by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Gauteng Provincial Management. The establishment of a fully-fledged police station, in Mohlakeng, will entail the division of the current Randfontein policing area, to establish separate poiicing areas for the two police stations.
  1. No, in the event that the work study investigation, which is referred to in paragraph (a) is approved, Toekomsrus will be policed by the proposed Mohlakeng Police Station.

Reply to question 1893 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/28

Reply to question 1893 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 09/09/2020

10 September 2020 - NW1808

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Sindane, Mr P to ask the Minister of Police

What number of police stations(a) had to be closed since the first reported case of confirmed Covid-19 in the SA Police Service (SAPS), (b) have re-opened and (c) are yet to re-open;

Reply:

(1)(a) As at 6 August 2020, a total of 1 069 police stations have had to close, since the first reported, confirmed COVID-19 case, in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

(1)(b) All 1 069 police stations are fully functional.

(1)(c) A total of 78 police stations were operating in temporary structures. (2)(a) A total number of 2 228 police officers have been quarantined.

(2)(b) The posts occupied by police officers who are in isolation, are not deemed to be vacant and are, therefore, not filled through the permanent appointment of other police officers, in these posts.

The SAPS shift system, which is used for operational members at police stations, makes provision for contingency arrangements to be put in place when a member is not able to report for duty, including during self-isolation. This includes the following:

o Calling up SAPS members, who are on rest days.

2

0 Making use of police reservists.

0 Deployment of SAPS members, who are employed in support functions.

O Deployment of SAPS members, from cluster or district level, to assist on a

temporary basis.

V\/hen police stations or other service points are closed, the members, who were not exposed to the virus and not in self isolation, may be redeployed to assist at an alternative service office or to support operational duties.

Command groups have been established in every province and at national level, to ensure that the provision of policing services continue, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, support, in respect of the prevention, management and response to COVID-19 infections in the SAPS, is provided by the COVID-19 Steering Committee, which is chaired at the level of a Deputy National Commissioner and includes all the relevant operational and support disciplines of the SAPS.

The SAPS has appropriate measures in place, at all levels, to ensure that services are rendered. However, it is important to recognise that these conditions do represent unusual challenges to the SAPS, as to all other frontline services. The cooperation and support of communities is valued and appreciated, during this time.

Reply to question 1808 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/28
Reply to question 1808 approved

GENERAL BH CELE, MP
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 09/09/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1523

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the undertaking by the Government to place additional police officers at Forest High School in Johannesburg after a stabbing incident, (a) on what date will the officers be placed at the school, (b) what total number of officers will be placed at the school, (c) on which specific locations will the officers be placed, (d) what will be the job description of the specified officers, (e) how will the specified officers be monitored, (I)(i) to whom will the officers report and (ii) how often will the officers report to the specified person and (g) how is the local community involved in this initiative?

Reply:

a) On 1 July 2019, the Forest High School was adopted by the Commander: Visible Policing, Booysens Police Station.

 

(b) Two members of the Social Crime Prevention: Booysens Police Station prioritise the high school with scheduled and unscheduled visits.

 

© Routine patrols are conducted daily by the Sector Manager and police vehicles are deployed, in the vicinity of the Forest High School and surrounding area, to enhance police visibility.

 

(d) The functions include, the searching of identified areas within the school premises, as well as conducting awareness programmes, which include presentations on bullying, sexual offences, as well as drug and substance abuse, with special attention given to identified learners.

 

(e) Weekly and monthly accountability sessions are held with the relevant officers.

 

(f)(i) The relevant officers report to the Station Commander and the Visible Policing Commander, Booysens Police Station.

(f) (ii) The relevant police officers report on a weekly and monthly basis, during the accountability sessions.

 

(g) The Booysens Police Station is in partnership with local security companies and patrollers, who assist with the activities, listed above.

 

Reply to question 1523 recommended

27 August 2020 - NW1665

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What number of cases of domestic violence involving members of the SA Police Service were recorded in the past year to date and (b) of these cases, what number (i) were murder cases and (ii) led to convictions?

Reply:

(a)(b)((i)(ii) The required information is not readily available. A request is made for an extension, of 14 days, in order to provide the correct and verified information.

Reply to question 1665 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICA POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1665 approved/not approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1440

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) measures has he put in place in order to protect frontline Police Officers from contracting Covid-19 and (b) are the budgetary implications associated with the measures implemented in this regard;

Reply:

(1)(a) The measures, which have been put in place to protect the frontline members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), are as follows:

Putting systems and processes in place, by:
The development and implementation of SAPS Protocols on the containment and management of COVID-19, within the SAPS.
The development and implementation of training modules on COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and organisational protocols.
The implementation of the SAPS Infection Control Standard Operating Procedures.

The development of protocols for the decontamination of buildings.

The appointment of a National and Provincial Steering Committees, to oversee COVID-19 activities and implementation of the SAPS COVID-19 protocols.

The procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitisers and fogging and decontaminating equipment and chemicals for SAPS members, buildings, equipment and vehicles used by SAPS members.

Compiling a resource list of designated hospitals, to handle SAPS member referrals.

The in-sourcing of services, for the disposal of PPEs.


Empowering frontline officers, by:

Training of police officers on COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and management.

Conducting awareness and information sharing sessions at police stations,

roadblocks and other points, which are serviced by SAPS officers. o Training of police officers, on the correct use and disposal of PPEs.

Sharing of information through articles, memorandums and emails, to SAPS members and their families.

Continuous care and support of police officers:
Counselling and care of confirmed positive cases and contacts.

Counselling of family members of members, who tested positive.

Offering advisory services to members, whilst in self-isolation and quarantine.

Assisting SAPS members with placement in isolation and quarantine centres.

Identification of facilities to use as quarantine or isolation sites for SAPS members.

Debriefing of colleagues in cases of confirmed positive cases.

Answering police officers queries and questions, through the COVID-19 Call Centre.

Reasonable accommodation of “vulnerable members”, to ensure their protection and safety.

Developing a rotational schedule, to ensure social distancing and minimise member’s engagement and interaction, within SAPS buildings and workplaces.

Decontaminating of all workplaces and buildings, after confirmed cases.

Continuous sharing of new information, number of cases, new treatment and prevention methods with SAPS members and their families.

Stakeholder involvement and engagement of the following key roleplayers, with regard to SAPS members’ health and wellness, on COVID-19 related issues:

Police Medical Aid Scheme (POLMED).

Government Employee Medical Aid Scheme (GEMS).

Labour Unions- Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and the South African Police Union (SAPU).

Department of Health.

Department of Public Works.

(1)(b) An amount of R3,7 billion was allocated to the SAPS, during the 2020 Special Adjustments Estimates, to provide for additional funding for this purpose.


(2)(a) Yes, training was provided, prior to the commencement of the lockdown.

(2)(b) Yes, training was also provided during lockdown. The training was in the form of continuous training on parades and roadblocks, workshops, awareness sessions, counselling and therapy sessions, a national 24/7 operated COVID- 19 hotline and video conferencing. The training entails, inter alia, the following: o The terms of reference for Steering Committees.

Understanding COVID-19 and related terminologies.

Protocols for the containment and management of COVID-19, within the SAPS and the country.

Prevention and protection measures of COVID-19.

Requirements and usage of resources, including PPEs for the prevention and control of COVID-19.

Required registers, related to the management of COVID19 and the completion, thereof.

Precautionary measures during the prevention and control of COVID-19.

Safety Health and Environment (SHE) management:

Sanitisation and decontamination of buildings, offices, cells, etc.

Medical waste disposal.

Reply to question 1440 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1440 approved/

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1699

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Police

Whether there are any plans to re-open the Kocksoord Police Station in the Randwest Local Municipality to cater for the rural communities; if not, what (a) are the reasons for the police station not to be re-opened and (b) other plans are in place to ensure the safety of the rural communities affected by the closure of the specified police station; if so, on what date will the specified police station be re-opened?

Reply:

The feasibility study, into the reopening of the Kocksoord Satellite Police Station was finalised with the recommendation that it be re-established, as a Satellite Police Station. The completed feasibility study is currently circulating, for recommendations and a decision.

The re-opening of the Kocksoord Satellite Police Station can only be effected after the approval thereof.

Rural Policing is conducted by the Randfontein Police Station. The police station was issued with a dedicated vehicle for rural safety and the sector patrol vehicle is also utilised, when necessary.

Reply to question 1699 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE
DATE: 2020-08-12

Reply to question 1699 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1489

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the recruitment of SA Police Service (SAPS) trainees, (a) will recruitment proceed in the 2020-21 financial year, (b) have all applicants been personally informed of the reasons for any delays and (c) to what extent has Covid-19 affected the graduation of SAPS trainees in the 2019-20 financial year?

Reply:


The training of new recruits, involves extensive physical contact and with the current COVID-19 Regulations in place, such as social distancing, restriction/suspension of large gatherings/meetings, etc, it will, therefore, not be possible to subject new recruits to the basic training curriculum, without increasing the risk of exposing them to being infected with COVID-19. The South African Police Service (SAPS) Recruitment Plan is being reviewed to ensure compliance with these regulations and it will be premature at this stage to make any pronouncements, whether the recruitment/training will proceed, in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Following the declaration of a National State of Disaster and the nationwide lockdown, by the President of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), communication pertaining to the recruitment process in the SAPS, was addressed through a media briefing by the SAPS, in March 2020 and again, in July 2020. It was announced to the nation that the SAPS, 2020 Police Trainee Intake, was suspended until further notice, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and as a result, each applicant in the process was not personally informed of any delays. The SAPS received half a million applications for recruitment and it will not be possible to inform each applicant individually.


The trainees who were recruited, in the 2018/2019 financial year, attended a passing out parade, in the 2019/2020 financial year (during December 2019) and the graduation was not affected by COVID-19.

Reply to question 1489 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1489 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1545

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

What steps are being taken by the SA Police Service to control institutions that are accredited to issue firearm competency certificates to ensure compliance with all requirements;

Reply:

  1. The steps, which are taken by the South African Police Service (SAPS), to control institutions that are accredited to issue firearm competency certificates and to ensure compliance with all requirements, are as follows:

o Conducting of annual and ad Doc compliance inspections, at non-official institutions, including firearm training providers, in terms of Section 109 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act ND. 60 of 2000).

  1. The Minister of Police will decide whether he will make a statement, on this matter.

 

Reply to question 1545 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/27

Reply to question 1545 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENRAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1668

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) number of persons have been arrested for their involvement in farm attacks since 2010 in each province, (b) are their nationalities, (c) number has been successfully convicted, (d) were their sentences, (e) number has not been convicted and (I) are the reasons that they have not been arrested;

Reply:

(1)(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(I), (2)(a)(b) and (3)

The required information is not readily available. A request is made for an extension, of 14 days, in order to provide the correct and verified information.


Reply to question 1668 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-12

Reply to question 1668 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1446

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What has he found to be the reasons for the recent spike in the prevalence of brutal murders in the Republic (i) on farms, (ii) in the rural areas and (iii) relating to gender- based violence, (b) how does he intend to curb the phenomenon and (c) what measures will he put in place to bring the perpetrators to book?

Reply:

(a)The reported crimes, including murder, are captured on and extracted from the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Administration System (CAS), using the allocated crime codes. The codes are referred to as the Daily Summary Serious Codes (DSSC) and the crime code allocated to murder, is DSSC 0001. It would be advisable that an unambiguous description of brutality in relation to murder incidents be established, in order to enable a quantitative analysis of these incidents. On registration of any reported crime, the DSSC do not allow for the capturing of additional descriptors, which requires that a qualitative analysis be done to determine the causative factors.


Regarding the crime of murder, for the period, 27 March to 2 July 2020, as extracted from the CAS and attached, as slides one and two, does not show evidence supporting the assertion that there is a spike in the reported incidence of murders across all provinces.

(a)(i)(ii) Farms and rural areas:

The National Rural Safety Priority Committee meets on a quarterly basis, to review all possible farm murders, to determine whether they meet the determined criteria, to be classified as farm murders. The above- mentioned Committee had not yet met when this response was written.


The crimes that are registered on the CAS are allocated case numbers that are specific to the police station and not necessarily to the type of the area.

(a)(iii) Gender-based violence:

Currently, there is no Act relating specifically to gender-based violence (GBV), in the Republic of South Africa, therefore, the SAPS reports on the contravention of the Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act No. 116 of 1998). The attached slide number three, provides a synopsis of the violation of the said Act for the period, 27 March to 21 June 2020.

(b)The reviewed Rural Safety Strategy was implemented, on 1 April 2020, with the aim to address rural safety, as an integrated day-to-day policing approach, by creating a safe and secure rural environment. The purpose of this Strategy, is to provide direction and guidelines, to create safety and security in the rural environment, in support of ensuring a better life for all.

In addition to the implementation of the Rural Safety Strategy, the Community Policing Strategy has been implemented, to ensure an integrated approach, to encourage and mobilise available resources across all sectors, including those directly involved in law enforcement and safety and security. The key feature of the Community Policing Strategy is the Community in Blue Concept, which focuses on increasing local community participation in social crime prevention and environmental design initiatives, institutionalise community participation in crime prevention, collaborate with the SAPS in increasing visibility and operational capacity and enhancing community-based intelligence. Furthermore, the Traditional Policing Concept was approved for implementation to stimulate active community involvement, in the fight against crime in rural areas.

The purpose of the Integrated Sexual Offence and Gender-based Violence Strategy, is to ensure an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to addressing GBV.

Operationally, stabilisation and high density basic policing interventions are implemented in all provinces, in accordance with prevailing crime trends. The stabilisation and high density basic policing interventions are complemented by normalisation interventions such as:

Community engagements by the Minister and police leadership, in all provinces, during the festive season.

O Community awareness programmes.

O Youth crime prevention projects.

O Implementation of the Community-in-Blue Concept (patrolling streets).

Intensified police visibility during national operations. A Reservist call-ups.

The enforcement of the Liquor Act.

Weekly compliance inspections at liquor outlets.

Intensified social crime prevention campaigns (drugs and substance abuse, dangerous weapons, sexual offences, etc.).

(c) The Detective Service will continue to apply all relevant investigative techniques, to ens’ure that perpetrators of crime, are brought to book.


Reply to question 1446 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1446 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

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27 August 2020 - NW1582

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

What number of DNA samples received from (i) D1 Adult Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and (ii) D7 Paediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits (aa) have not been analysed by the National Forensic Science Laboratories (NFSL) and (bb) were contaminated during analysis at the NFSL in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii) The packaging of the D1 Adult Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and the D7 Paediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collections, contain different utensils, such as, evidence sealing bags, J88 forms and the collection of forensic eviclence forms, etc. The Biology Section of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), receives the collected evidence with samples, for analysis purposes. The FSL does not register and keep track of the type of evidence collection kits received and thus cannot distinguish between the D1 Adult Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and D7 Paediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collections.

(aa) On 20 July 2020, the number of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples received and still in the process of being analysed, was as follows:

Eastern Cape: DNA Analysis Laboratory

1 079

Gauteng/Head Office: DNA Analysis Laboratory

12 030

Western Cape: DNA Analysis Laboratory

4 014

KwaZulu-Natal: DNA Evidence Recovery Laboratory

896

Total

18 019

(bb) Based on the Quality Management System, in accordance with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 17025: Quality Control Principles, a total of 52 DNA samples were identified as contaminated, during the processing of the samples, in 2019/2020.

The FSL registers a non-conformance for all samples that have been contaminated. In line with the requirements of the ISO-17025, a root cause analysis is performed and corrective action identified, to prevent or minimise possible future reoccurrence. The table below, reflects the details, with the regard to the 52 DNA samples, mentioned above:

DNA finding report issued , due to the availability of additional exhibit material

Reference

Area of contamination

No result reported in cases additional due to the non- availability of exhibit material

Ref NC 19/04/19 (two cases)

Ref NC 10/06/19 (one case) Three cases involved

No result could be reported

Sample submissions. The

contamination was due to the manner, in which the samples were processed.

ex

DNA finding report issued , due to the availability of additional exhibit material

NC 08/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 13/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 15/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 19/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 24/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 02/05/19 (two cases)

 

NC 03/05/19 (two cases)

Sample submissions. The

NC 07/05/19 (two cases)

contamination was due to the

NC 10/06/19 (nine cases)

manner, in which the samples were

NC 01/07/19 (two cases) NC 02/07/19 (two cases)

processed.

NC 03/07/19 (four cases)

 

NC 09/07/19 (two cases)

 

NC 10/11/19 (two cases)

 

NC 06/02/20 (two cases)

 

39 cases involved

 

NC 11/04/19 (one case)

Evidence recovery and sample processing. The contamination was due to the ma e

samples were handled.

NC 20/04/19 (one case)

 

NC 08/06/19 (one case)

 

NC 02/01/20 (one case)

 

Four cases involved

 

NC 03/06/19

Two cases involved

Tissue isolation laboratory. The contamination was due to utensils not properly sanitised.

DNA finding pending, on receiving retake of buccal samples

NC 06/06/19 (one case ) NC 07/06/19 (one case)

NC 12/06/19 (one case) NC 13/06/19 (one case) Four cases involved

Collection/submission step of buccal samples. The contamination was due to the manner, in which the samples were handled.

A summary of the interventions and quality control implemented, for the 52 DNA samples that were identified as contaminated, is reflected in the table below:

Finding

Intervention

Quality control measures

In 49 of the 52

cases, additional samples (uncompromised) were available to process and provide the DNA

findings.

An investigation

was conducted in respect of each contamination, to determine the root causes and corrections to be made.

A risk assessment was done to

determine all risks within the area where the contamination occurred.

Daily monitoring of the risks has been implemented and trends in

this area, is closely monitored.

Reply to question 1582 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/18=9

Reply to question 1582 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1682

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Police

Whether dedicated units have been established in the SA Police Service to combat the extortion of construction companies and municipalities by individuals purporting to represent local communities, commonly known as the construction mafia; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what resources have been allocated to each unit?

Reply:

There are currently no dedicated units, in the South African Police Service (SAPS), to combat the extortion of construction companies and municipalities. It is currently investigated, within the Organised Crime Investigations of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) and the Detective Service. The establishment of extortion teams is currently under investigation and will form part of the Organised Crime Investigation units, when it is approved.

Reply to question 1682 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-19

Reply to question 1682 approved/

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1335

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Police

What total number of (a) arrests did the SA Police Service make for illegal invasions of land owned by the State and (b) the specified arrests resulted in prosecution in each (i) province and (ii) of the past five financial years?

Reply:

(a)(b)(i) and (ii)

The crime, which is registered when an illegal invasion of land occurs, is "trespassing”. The South African Police Service (SAPS) systems do not contain information on whether the trespassing occurred on a private or state owned land. Therefore, the information, which is requested in this question, cannot be provided.

Reply to question 1335 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/13

Reply to question 1335 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1622

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

By what date does he envisage that the elite units of the (i) SA Police Service and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation will be fully operational following the easing of lockdown restrictions and (b) what measures have been put in place in each case to mitigate the time and resources lost due to the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19?

Reply:

The South African Police Service (SAPS) does not have any units, which are called “elite units”. The only Unit that is elite in nature, as per the competency profile, is the Specialised Task”Force (STF), within the Division: Operational Response Services. The STF is mandated to resolve high risk situations.

(a)(i) The STF remained fully operational during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Lockdown.

(a)(ii) The investigative capacity of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), remained fully operational during the National Lockdown. However, the lockdown restricted employee movement and calls for social distancing, resulted in investigating officers not being able to effectively communicate with witnesses/informers or effect arrests. The inability to access expertise, such as forensic accountants and any other evidential material, impacted on the finalisation of investigations, although courts have remained partially active, resulting in a further backlog of cases.

The DPCI embarked on the capacitation of its specialised units, but the National Lockdown initially delayed the capacitation process. With the relaxation of lockdown levels, the process to capacitate the DPCI has been reinitiated and


some of the posts are in the process of being finalised, whilst other posts are in the process of being advertised.

Protocols, to manage and contain the spread of the COVID-19 has been implemented and members are operating on a rotational basis. The STF members are continuing to respond to all requests.

In an endeavour to mitigate the time and resources lost, the DPCI has embarked on the use of virtual platforms to engage stakeholders. The staggered return of the Public Service Act (PSA) personnel, who provide administrative support to the operational environment, is being managed by the guidelines, issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Circular No.18 of 2020: State of Disaster COVID-19: Public Service Return to Work Guidelines, as well as the directive issued by the Department of Health, on 25 May 2020, which guides the management of vulnerable employees and the rotation of personnel. The DPCI has put measures in place that support the implementation to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Reply to question 1622 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-12

Reply to question 1622 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1714

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to his department informing the Portfolio Committee on Police during their briefing session on 10 July 2020 that they will no longer be recruiting the additional 7 000 members that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, promised during his State of the Nation Address in February 2020, (a) what number of additional members will be recruited and trained during the remainder of the 2020-21 financial year and (b) by what date will the rest then be recruited and trained?

Reply:

(a) and (b)

Following the announcement by the President of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), in his State of the Nation Address, the recruitment of the 7 000 new South African Police Service (SAPS) trainees was at an advanced stage, when the process was suspended, due to the COVID-

19 pandemic and the subsequent regulations/restrictions of social distancing, etc. imposed. The following proposals are currently being considered for the filling of the 7 000 entry level posts, in the 2020/2021 financial year:
o First Intake- 3 000 active serving reservists.

o Second Intake- 4 000 external applicants from communities at large, who applied in September/October 2019, for positions as police trainees, to commence basic training.

In addition to the above, trained and skilled police officers, who left the SAPS honourably, in the rank of Constable, Sergeant and Warrant Officer, have been invited to apply for re-enlistment, on 19 July 2020. These officers will be posted where there is currently a shortage, including specialised units, such as the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) units and the Public Order Policing (POP)

units, as well as newly established units, such as the Taxi Violence, Cold Case Investigation and Murder and Robbery units.

Reply to question 1714 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-19

Reply to question 1714 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1680

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Police

What are the full relevant details pertaining to CAS 08/04/2014 which emanates from a complaint that was laid by a certain person (name furnished) at the Swartruggens Police Station in terms of section (1)(i) and (j) of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998 on 8 April 2014;

Reply:

The case docket, Swartruggens, CAS 08/04/2014, was opened against the Kgetleng Municipality and the Department of Water Affairs, after a damaged pipe caused raw sewerage to flow in the streets, in the business centre of Swartruggens.

The investigation in the case docket was finalised and linked with three other cases, due to the similar nature of the complaints and were referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in Mahikeng, on 13 August 2015, for a decision.

The case dockets were received back from the DPP, on 13 August 2016, with a directive to obtain additional statements.

On 9 February 2017, the case dockets were referred back to the DPP and received back from the office of the DPP, in August 2020. There are currently two warning statements outstanding, which are in the process of being obtained.


As soon as the two warning statements have been obtained, the case dockets will be returned to the DPP, for a decision on prosecution.

Reply to question 1680 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-19

Reply to question 1680 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Question Asked By:

Question Asked To:

Mrs C Phillips Minister of Police

Question:

1.On 08 April 2014, e complaint was laid by FW Kelder in terms of the National Water act 36 of 199B sec (1) (i) and (j). The case number being 08/04/20124


Once again it appears that no investigation has taken place and no arrests made.

Please can the minister provide any and all information pertaining to this case and give reasons why no arrests have been made. (Copies of the document are available)

Contact: Ruan van der Walt (2960 or ruanvdw@da.org.za)

27 August 2020 - NW1679

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Police

What are the full relevant details pertaining to CAS 31/01/2014 which emanates from a complaint that was laid by a certain person (name furnished) at the Swartruggens Police Station regarding allegations of water theft at Polkadraai on 31 January 2014;

Reply:

The complainant, in Swartruggens, CAS 31/01/2014, opened a case of theft of water against the Kgetleng Municipality and the Department of Water Affairs.

The investigation was finalised and the case docket was linked with three other cases, due to the similar nature of the complaints and were referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in Mahikeng, on 13 August 2015, for a decision.

The case dockets were received back, from the DPP, on 13 August 2016, with a directive to obtain additional statements.

On 9 February 2017, the case dockets were referred back to the DPP and received back from the office of the DPP, in August 2020. There are currently two warning statements outstanding, which are in the process of being obtained.


As soon as the two warning statements have been obtained, the case dockets will be returned to the DPP, for a decision on prosecution.

Reply to question 1679 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-19

Reply to question 1679 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

Question Asked By: Mrs C Phillips
Question Asked To: Minister of Police

Question:

On 31 January 2014, a complaint was laid for theft of water at Polkadraai by WDF Rochér. The case number being 31/01/2014

Although Mr Rochér has followed up on numerous occasions, it appears that no investigation has been undertaken and no arrests made.


Please can the minister provide any and all information pertaining to this case and give reasons why no arrests have been made.

Contact: Ruan van der Walt (2960 or ruanvdw@da.org.za)

27 August 2020 - NW1737

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Police

Whether employees in supply chain management in Silverton were informed that they should not come to the office if they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and/or have symptoms of the virus; if not, are employees who are awaiting their Covid-19 test results expected to come to work; if so, how was this communicated to employees?

Reply:

Yes, the South African Police Service (SAPS) employees, within the Division: Supply Chain Management (SCM), in Silverton, are constantly being informed that they should not come to the office if they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and/or have symptoms of the Coronavirus.

The National Commissioner issued a directive, on 7 May 2020, followed by a directive by the Divisional Commiasioner: SCM, on 27 May 2020, emphasising that strict COVID-19 protocols must be followed and that employees are not allowed to report for duty if they have been in contact with someone, who tested positive for COVID-19.

The employees of the Division: SCM are regularly sensitised and informed to adhere to the Protocols of COVID-19. The Divisional Commissioner: SCM acknowledges the seriousness of this pandemic, therefore, strict measures are in place to ensure that all employees and visitors, entering the premises of the Division: SCM, are screened, prior to entering the building, their vehicles are sanitised and they are wearing the compulsory face masks.

Employees who are awaiting their COVID-19 test results, are not expected back at work, until they receive their results and the results are negative.

Reply to question 1737 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/13

Reply to question 1737 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1715

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) has he found will be the effect of (i) the recent early retirement drive, (ii) the normal personnel attrition process and (iii) his department’s inability to fill the additional 7 000 posts promised by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address on 16 February 2018, on the personnel strength of the SA Police Service (SAPS) and (b) strategy does he have to ensure that the SAPS will still be able to fulfil its mandate towards the citizens of the Republic?

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii)(iii)

The effect of the recent early retirement drive, the normal personnel attrition process and the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) inability to fill the additional 7 000 posts, as referred to in the State of the Nation Address, on 16 February 2018, resulted in a decrease of SAPS personnel, from 192 277 to 187 358, in 2019/2020.

(b) The SAPS has the following strategies in place, to ensure that it will still be able to fulfil its mandate towards the citizens of the Republic of South Africa (RSA):

After the announcement and implementation of the early retirement initiative, the Minister of Police approved the early retirement of employees, in phases, from 31 March 2020 to 31 March 2021. Employees, who are the oldest and nearest to the pensionable age, have been allowed to leave the SAPS first. The early retirement initiative supports the current restructuring process within the SAPS, namely to scale down at senior levels and to enhance employment at entry level, as well as to achieve government’s efforts to contain expenditure with anticipated savings on the wage bill.

The attrition of personnel normally occurs at levels, higher than entry level, therefore, the SAPS regularly advertises vacancies for promotion and appointment, to ensure that service delivery is not compromised.
Although the process for the enlistment of 7 000 police trainees was suspended, due to the COVID-1s restrictions, including social distancing, the SAPS is considering the following proposals, to fill the 7 000 posts, in 2020/2021:
The permanent enlistment of an estimated 3 000 active serving reservists, in October 2020.

The enlistment of an estimated 4 000 external applicants, as police trainees, to commence basic training, in January 2021.
Suitable, former police officers, who left the SAPS in the rank of Constable, Sergeant and Warrant Officer, have been invited to apply for re-enlistment. They will be posted where there is currently a shortage of personnel, including but not limited to, specialised units, such as the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) units, Public Order Police (POP) units, as well as newly established units, such as the Taxi Violence, Cold Case Investigation and Murder and Robbery units.

Reply to question 1715 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE
DATE: 2020/08/13

Reply to question 1715 approved/

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020
 

03 August 2020 - NW1074

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) is the total number of gender-bases violence (GBV) cases which has been reported to the SA Police Service since the beginning of the lockdown on 26 March 2020 in each province and (b) number of the specified GBV cases have resulted in the arrested and conviction of the perpetrators in each case. NW1369E

Reply:

a) and (b)

The total number of gender-based violence (GBV) cases, which were reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS), since the beginning of the lockdown, on 26 March 2020, in each province and the number of the specified GBV cases, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in each case, are reflected in the table below:

Province

 

(a)

(b)

 

Total reported

Total persons charged

Total persons convicted

Eastern Cape

243

488

8

Free State

189

373

18

Gauteng

743

1 137

23

KwaZulu-Natal

230

375

4

Limpopo

97

253

31

Mpumalanga

88

151

7

North West

77

140

3

Northern Cape

37

122

1

Western Cape

530

1 019

35

Total

2 234

4 058

130

Reply to question 1074 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE
Date
: 2020/08/28

Reply to question 1074 approved/

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date
: 09/09/2020

 

 

 

 

 

03 August 2020 - NW962

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, with regard to certain actions by certain SA Police Service (SAPS) officers during the lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, he, the National Police Commissioner, the Provincial Police Commissioners or any other SAPS management official authorised, instructed or otherwise directed SAPS officers to (a) confiscate the goods or wares of businesses, traders and vendors and (b) destroy cooked and/or prepared food during the lockdown period; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) why and (ii) on what provision(s) in the lockdown regulations does he and SAPS commissioners and management rely to engage in such actions;

Reply:

(1)(a) No, guidelines were issued, in terms of the Disaster Management, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), relating to the respective offences, for enforcement of the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act.

(1)(b) No, guidelines were issued, in terms of the Disaster Management Act, relating to the respective offences, for enforcement of the Regulations of the Disaster Management.

(1)(b)(i) Certain goods may be confiscated, depending on the contravention of the Regulation, e.g. the sale or transportation of liquor or tobacco.

(1)(b)(ii) The Disaster Management Act, Regulation No. 318, issued on 18 March 2020, made no prohibition on the sale of œoked or prepared food.

The Disaster Management Act, Regulation No. 471, issued on 20 April 2020, made a provision for any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages, but excluding warm cooked food.

The Disaster Management Act, Regulation No. 480, issued on 29 April 2020, permitted the sale of warm cooked food, only for home delivery.

The National Core Command Group (NCCG) Supplementary Instruction, issued on 22 April 2020, provided guidance to members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) that any food product, excluding warm cooked food, may be sold or permitted, in terms of the Regulation No. 465, issued on 16 April 2020.

The NCCG Supplementary Instruction, issued on 1 May 2020, provided guidance to SAPS members that the sale of warm cooked food, for home delivery, was permitted, in terms of the Regulations.

(2)(a) No, guidelines were issued, in terms of the Disaster Management Act, relating to the respective offences, for enforcement of the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act.

(2)(b) No, guidelines were issued, in terms of the Disaster Management Act, relating to the respective offences, for enforcement of the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act.

(2)(b)(i) Grocery stores and wholesale produce markets, including spaza shops and informal food traders, were permitted to operate, with written permission from a municipal authority.

(2)(b)(ii) The South African Police Service (SAPS) has developed clear directives for members in the application of the amended Regulations to the Disaster Management Act .These directives are updates in accordance with periodic amendments to the aforementioned legislation. The circulation of these directives is effected via established internal communication platforms, to all levels.

The SAPS has deployed Senior Management Service (SMS) members at local level to enhance overall command and control and to guide and advise members on the application of lockdown directives.

The Minister of Police and the Deputy Minister of Police have undertaken numerous visits to deployed SAPS members, in conjunction with SAPS top management and have emphasized the correct and professional application of lockdown directives, by SAPS members.

The SAPS Disciplinary Regulation, 2016, are envoked in instancing where members have been found to have contravened the lockdown regulations. In instances where criminal offences, in terms of the lockdown regulations, have been committed by SAPS members, criminal cases are opened, in conjunction with departmental cases. The criminal cases are investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The SAPS has also maintained the Complaints Management capability, with the Division: Inspectorate, which manages complaints against the SAPS, including those related to the application of COVID-19 directives.

Any spaza shop owner, who feels abused by members of the SAPS, may report such a member of members to the nearest police station.

Reply to question 962 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/06/25

Reply to question 962 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
Date: 02/07/2020

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03 August 2020 - NW1005

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

Whether his department has found a significant change in the crime pattern since the lockdown began on 26 March 2020; if so, what are the full relevant details of the statistics related to the number of arrests made since the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 began?

Reply:

There is a significant decrease of 71,7 %, from 29 March 2019 to 21 May 2019, compared to 27 March 2020 to 19 May 2020, with regard to the number of contact crimes, which were reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The relevant details of the statistics, with regard to the number of arrests made, are as follows:

Province

Number of Persons Arrested from 27

March 2020 to 19 May 2020

Eastern Cape

26 382

Free State

24 848

Gauteng

79 363

KwaZulu-Natal

41 175

Limpopo

22 209

Mpumalangs

15 868

North West

13 899

Northern Cape

11 873

Western Cape

48 407

Other

368

Total

264 392

Reply to question 1005 recommended

GENERAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREDVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
Date: 2020/06/25

Reply to question 1005 approved


GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 02/07/2020

03 August 2020 - NW1131

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to a certain person (name furnished), who is a victim of brutal gender-based violence, details furnished), (a) what is the reason behind the specified person not having been given a new court appearance date to date (b) how does his department co-ordinate informing plaintiffs of new court appearance dates during the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 an (c) why is gender-based violence not a priority case during the lockdown when an increase in violence against women was said to be the case? NW1433E

Reply:

(a)(b)(c) According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Administration System (CAS), ther are four cases, where a person with the same name and surname, as provided in this question, is a victim or complainant. In order to respond accurately, more detail will be required, e.g the name of the police station, the case number, the nature of the charge that the complainant has opened and the victim’s identity number.

Reply to question 1131 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/06/25


Reply for question 1131 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
Date
: 02/07/2020

03 August 2020 - NW810

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

(a) How will the SA Police Service manage cross-border offences in light of 875 such offences in Gauteng alone and (b) will he seek the cooperation of the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans to prevent illegal border crossing? NW1013E

Reply:

(a) The 875 Offences, which are mentioned in this question, refer to the movement between province metropolitan and district areas during lockdown, other than provided for in the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No 57 of 2002). These offences are all detected due to police action. The high number of offences registered is indicative of the successful enforcement of the Regulation and a clear indication that the current plans, to deal with the enforcement of cross-border offences, are effective.

(b) The Border Policing Component, in the South African Police Service (SAPS), is responsible for the policing and security of identified Ports of entry. Section 13(6) of the Police Act, 1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995), mandates the SAPS to search people, premises and vehicle, without a warrant, within 10 kilometres or a reasonable distance from any border of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and a foreign state. Members of the SAPS Border Policing Component, conduct as hoc patrols along the borderline. In conjunction with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). Through the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), the SAPS also conduct specific joint operations with the SANDF.

Reply for question 810 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)

Reply for question 810 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
Date: 02/07/2020

06 July 2020 - NW1297

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

What was the murder rate per 100 000 persons for (a) children, (b) women, (c) farmers and (d) men in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years?

Reply:

(a)(b)(c)(d)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is responsible for the production of population estimates. The South African Police Service (SAPS) does not calculate the murder rate, per 100 000 persons, for (a), (b), (c) and (d), due to the complexity of the determination of the population estimates around those variables. Stats SA applies specific models and the SAPS does not have record of the models for population e6timates and computations. The crime statistics for 2019/2020 have not been published by the Minister of Police.

Reply to question 1297 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/07/02

Reply to question 1297 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL, BH CELE, MP

Date: 04/07/2020

06 July 2020 - NW1244

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What number of new SA Police Service (SAPS) officers have successfully completed training at the latest specified date; (2) what number of (a) active members of the SAPS and (b) SAPS reservists have been deployed during the different stages of the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19: (3) whether his department is on track in terms of training and recruitment to strengthen the police force; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what challenges have been experienced in terms of the filling of vacancies, recruitment and training of new SAPS members’?

Reply:

1. On 13 December 2019, a total of 4 971 new recruits successfully completed their training.

2(a)(b) Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and reservists were and are still deployed for routine operations, for policing services and the enforcement of the coronavirus (COVID-19) preventative measures. It is preferred/recommended that the figures are not provided, for security reasons.

3. The process of finalising the SAPS 2020 Trainee Intake was at an advanced stage. However, it was unfortunately suspended, until further notice, by the Minister of Police, due to the State of National Disaster and subsequent nationwide lockdown, which was announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recruitment plan of the SAPS is currently being reviewed, in order to respond to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place, such as social distancing, restriction/suspension of large gatherings/meetings, etc..

4. The filling of other vacancies in the SAPS is continuing, however, it has not been po9sible to enlist new SAPS member6 to report for training at the various training academies in the country, due to the COVID-19 restrictions and protocols (social distancing, large gatherings/meetings, physical training, etc)

06 July 2020 - NW1298

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

What is the (a) name of each athlete in his department's Operational Excellence Courses Programme and (b) average monthly amount paid to an athlete for participating in the specified programme?

Reply:

  1. There are no South African Police Service (SAPS) athletes on an Operational Excellence Course Programme.
  1. Not applicable.

Reply to question 1298 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/07/02

Reply to question 1298 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL, BH CELE, MP

Date: 04/07/2020

24 June 2020 - NW714

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Police

What measures has he put in place to protect migrant women from gender-based violence in their domestic spaces during the lockdown period to curb the spread of COVID- 19 NW918E

Reply:

The measures that are in place to protect all women in South Africa, from gender- based violence, are also applicable to migrant women. This applied, prior to the COVID-19 epidemic and still applies during the lockdown period. Over and above the existing measures, the following has also been put in place.

 

An additional referral list was issued, known as the 'pathways data base”, to all police stations. It depicts the contact numbers of government departments and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s), which can be contacted, to assist victims with:

  • Psycho-social support services.
  • Justice and human rights services.
  • Basic needs services.
  • Thutuzela care centres.
  • Shelter and housing services.
  • Civil society organisations.

 

4 Packaged awareness raising material, in the form of a leaflet, sharing information with communities, on:

  • Gender-based violence-related risks during lockdown.
  • What the public can do about gender-based violence.
  • Crime reporting numbers, for example, the 10111 emergency numt›er, the crime stop tip-off line - 08600 10111, crime line sms - 32211, the Gender-based Violence (GBV) command centre line - 0800 428 428, the children toll free line- 0800 055 555, human rights and trafficking hotline - 0800 222 777 and My SAPS App.
  • How to lodge service delivery complaints (natonal service complaint centre line - 0800 333 177.

 

24 June 2020 - NW642

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he will take any action against the Mayor of Cape Town and the Member of the Mayoral Council Mr. J P Smith for the violation of the Disaster management Regulations after the court declared their eviction of the residents of Empolweni illegal during lockdown; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW844E

Reply:

A case docket was opened and the criminal investigation has been finalised. The case docket will be presented to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a decision.

24 June 2020 - NW754

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

Whether the SA Police Service has taken any steps in response to complaints regarding persons who are destroying the protected milkwood bushes in the area of Hermanus in order to stop the destruction of the bushes; if not, why not if so, what steps; whether he will make a statement on the matter NW958E

Reply:

Yes, members of the Hermanus Police Station are continuously policing the area. Regular joint operations, including other law enforcement agencies are also conducted in the area. The South African Police Service (SAPS) recruits informers to identify and trace the perpetrators.

The Minister will decide whether he will make a statement, in this regard.

24 June 2020 - NW103

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Police

What is the progress on the procurement and installation of the telephone and Information and communications Technology (ICT) system in the new building in Aberdeen, Eastern Cape, that was completed and occupied in mid-2016 and which only houses one SA Police Service official due to the lack of ICT and telephone infrastructure? NW115E

Reply:

Procurement and installation of Telephone System:
Only one direct telephone line is currently installed, in the office of the Station commander, Aberdeen Police Station. Telkom is busy finalising the planning for the installation of the new Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX) switchboard, with seven extensions, by 31 March 2020.

Procurement and installation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT):
The cabling Infrastructure was installed, in 2018/2019. The State information Technology Agency (SITA) is busy with the tender for the procurement of network equipment, which is scheduled to be installed, in the first quarter of 2020/2021. An application for a data line, has been submitted to Telkom.