Vacant post must be occupied urgently- Parly
January 18, 2018
Parliament, South Africa: The Portfolio Committee on Police says the vacant position for the head of the Crime Intelligence (CI) needs to be occupied by a high calibre candidate urgently as the appointment of a new head for CI is long overdue.
The committee made the plea after welcoming the announcement by the minister of police, Fikile Mbalula, of a mutual agreement between the minister and the suspended head of the CI, Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, leading to him being relieved from his duty.
Chairperson of the committee, Francois Beukman said: “Lieutenant General Mdluli’s discharge will enable police management to appoint a permanent leader with the requisite skills, energy and innovative plans to guide the division to deliver on its mandate. The stability brought by the appointment of a permanent leader is essential if the unit is to add value in intelligence-driven policing.”
Beukman added the long suspension of Mdluli points to the challenge within civil service of long suspensions without conclusion of disciplinary processes – yet receiving a salary and benefits.
“This systematic challenge is unacceptable and must be urgently attended to,” he said.
Following the release of annual crime statistics, the committee reiterated the need for a move towards an intelligence-led policing and the hope is that the appointment of a replacement will aid the focus towards intelligence-led policing.
Furthermore, the committee said it noted the process outlined by the minister to appoint the head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).
“The fight against corruption and organised crime needs a talented individual with the necessary gravitas and leadership skills to ensure that the DPCI becomes more effective and professional,” asserted Beukman.
Beukman reiterated that the committee wants more details on the new structure of regional commissioners that was announced by the Minister.
“The Committee will need a comprehensive cost breakdown of the new structure and whether an extra management level will indeed bring value. If you have well-qualified cluster commanders and well trained and experience station commanders police stations must be able to perform,” added Beukman.