Acting police commissioner praised for whipping SAPS into better shape
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s temporary replacement is doing something right, if the heap of praise he received on Thursday in Parliament is any indication.
Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane was presenting some of the SAPS’s operations and successes to Parliament’s police committee on Thursday, and the MPs were not stingy with positive feedback.
He presented the committee with their plans for the 63 underperforming stations around the country, as well as the impact their interventions had on key performance areas.
Phahlane told the committee that the back-to-basics programme, which they had started in November, was yielding results.
He was given credit for the attitude change among police members, and helping boost morale.
DA MP Marius Redelinghuys said he could see a change in the tone, quality and substance of the leadership and its relationship with the public.
"It is something that has made me look to the police with a little more pride than I have been. I just thank the acting provincial commissioner for that and the leadership of SAPS. There is a visible improvement in how the police relate to the public and that was encouraging.”
He called for African National Congress MPs, who "had the ear of the president", to recommend that Phahlane get the job permanently.
ANC MP Angie Molebatsi also praised Phahlane and his team for their wonderful work.
She said she had met a ranking officer who had wanted to quit, but was now showing excitement for his job.
She said this showed that the acting national commissioner was doing well.
"And you ask yourself how many of such people we have who wanted to leave and are now seeing the light? You are really doing wonderful work," she told Phahlane.
Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald also acknowledged the progress made by the police in the past three months.
He questioned why these services were not doing their jobs before Phahlane cracked the whip.
Phahlane humbly accepted the praise.
"We believe that many a times we see policing as a thankless job, people put [in] hard work and the only thing you hear are negative comments. So it is truly humbling for us to hear messages from the portfolio committee members which will encourage police to do their work."
Source News 24