Report of the Portfolio Committee on Police on a Petition from Wards 65, 66 and 67 of the Ekurhuleni Metro, calling on the National Assembly to investigate the spiralling crime rate in Etwatwa, ensure more visible policing and to investigate the alleged complicity between the South African Police Service and crime syndicates: dated 6 November 2018

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Report of the Portfolio Committee on Police on a Petition from Wards 65, 66 and 67 of the Ekurhuleni Metro, calling on the National Assembly to investigate the spiralling crime rate in Etwatwa, ensure more visible policing and to investigate the alleged complicity between the South African Police Service and crime syndicates: dated 6 November 2018.

  1. BACKGROUND

 

  1. The Portfolio Committee on Police received a Petition from Wards 65, 66 and 67 of the Ekurhuleni Metro, calling on the National Assembly to investigate the spiralling crime rate in Etwatwa, ensure more visible policing and to investigate the alleged complicity between the South African Police Service and crime syndicates. The petition was tabled by Hon. M Waters and referred to the Committee on 22 November 2016.

 

  1. PARTCIPATION OF PETITIONERS

2.2 The petition sponsor, Hon. Mike Waters (DA MP), had indicated his willingness to be present at the meeting but was unable to attend as he said the invitation was sent to his Parliamentary e-mail address, instead of his private email address. The Secretariat did not have his private email address and efforts to reach him on his mobile were unsuccessful.

2.3 The Committee resolved to proceed with the meeting, and invited the SAPS management to respond to the issues raised. The SAPS management responded to all the issues raised by the petitioners.

3. DEPARTMENT RESPONSES TO PETITIONS

The Committee met on 7 July 2017 with the SAPS to consider the petitions and responses from the SAPS and petitioners. The following responses to the petitions were received by the Committee: 

3.1 The SAPS responded by noting that there was a spate of murders as a result of conflict in the community against a gang called “OVL". The OVL gang was allegedly responsible for robberies and assaults in the area.

3.2 According to the SAPS, the community subsequently retaliated by searching and assaulting the so-called gang members. The community mobilised and started to burn their houses. A meeting was held with the Cluster Commander, which resulted in the development of an Intervention Plan. The Intervention Plan comprised of firstly appointing a new management for the Community Police Forum to address and improve community/police relations.

In addition, an Imbizo was held to address community concerns.

3.3 The SAPS reported that additional deployments have been initiated which include the Cluster Public Order Policing (POP), Task Teams and Crime Intelligence. These deployments would remain in place until the area was stabilised. 

3.4 In addition, sector policing was intensified, crime hotspots were identified and a community safety intervention was initiated which included the following community projects:

• Sport-against-Crime
• Rehabilitation of known drug addicts; and
• Policing of drug outlets

The SAPS reported that crime in the area has decreased during the period October 2016 to June 2017.
 

  1. COMMITTEE OBSERVATIONS

 

  1. The Committee took note of the seriousness of some of the petitions and asked the SAPS to expedite service delivery with respect to the petitioners. The Committee noted the responses given by the Department with regard to the petitions received. The Portfolio Committee resolved to continue with monitoring the implementation of the commitments made with regard to the petitions. SAPS management was requested to supply the relevant petitioners with feedback in terms of progress.

 

  1. CONCLUSION

 

  1. The Portfolio Committee noted the responses of the SAPS and indicated that it will continue to monitor the implementation of the responses to the petitions.

 

Report to be considered.

 

 

 

 

 

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