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The Occasion of the Budget Vote No. 23 and 20: Speech by the Deputy Minister of Police, Hon. Ms. Makhotso Maggie Sotyu (Mp): Parliament, Cape Town.
15 May 2015

Minister of Police, Hon. Mr. NPT Nhleko,
All Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr. Beukman,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
All MECs present,
National Commissioner of Police, General Phiyega,
All SAPS Top Management,
All SAPS Agencies Heads (IPID, PSIRA and the Civilian Secretary),
All police officers,
Members of the CPFs
Traditional Leadership and Civil Society,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,



Today, I rise up to support our Government’s theme and related programmes for Africa Month: “We are Africa – Opening the doors of learning and culture to promote peace and friendship...”.

We are pleased to indicate to South Africa at large, that the Ministry of Police and its Department heeded the call by His Excellency, President Zuma, to go out to our communities for engaging and addressing with our people to curb and to totally stop the attacks on foreign nationals.
One of the places we visited was the Alexandra Township in Gauteng on 24th April 2015, where we urged our people to show solidarity with our fellow displaced Africans, and to come up with recommendations for Government to effectively and efficiently reintegrate them back to their respective communities.

During this Imbizo, a recommendation was made by a South African youth from Alexandra.


This young community member urged Government to bring youth developmental opportunities closer to youth in the townships, to enable them to compete equally with the foreign national business.


The Department of Police is part of the broader Government, and as such, it is also obliged to give ethos to youth development in South Africa.
In this instance, the Department of Police has established internship and learnership programmes.


For the financial year 2013/2014 and 2014/2015, SAPS had a total 1190 intake of internships for unemployed graduates and needy matriculants.
SAPS can proudly announce that out of this combined total, 61 interns were successfully absorbed as full-time employees of the Department.
We are also indebted to the Department of Higher Education and SASSETA for collaborating with SAPS in the funding of the project “Safety in Society”.
This project focuses primarily on learners who have completed Level 4 Safety Programme from Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions. This is a police driven qualification, which prepares the learners for a career in policing.


In addition to the internship programme, the Department has, in this financial year 2014/2015, took in a total of 375 unemployed learners, of which 250 were successfully trained by an accredited training institution. They have acquired an NQF 2 Automotive Maintenance and Repair.


The Ministry of Police has also specifically recommended to the Department to approve an intake of 20 funded interns for the Financial Year 2015/2016.
These unemployed young matriculants and graduates will be placed at the Firearm, Liquor and Second-Hand Goods Control Component to assist with the backlog collections and sorting of all related applications.

With these programmes, Chairperson, the Department of Police is supporting youth development in South Africa, a future that must continue to build a caring, sharing, and prosperous South Africa, for a stable, safe, welcoming, and most of all, a law-abiding nation.



Emphasis is made on the aspect of a nation of law-abiding citizens, precisely because maintenance of law and order should be a pre- requisite to the enjoyment of all Government successful efforts in developing, empowering and prospering our youth, the future of this country.

We are emphasizing on this, because, almost all the few perpetrators of foreign attacks and infrastructure vandalizing that happened last month, were mostly youth and minors.

Our progressive Constitution allows public protests and demonstrations, but these must be done within the confines of the law.

And our police officers are always challenged to find ways to address public safety, as people must demonstrate or protest without detriment to democratic rights of other inhabitants.

But, ideally, citizens, especially our youth, should not be engaging with the state through violent and anarchist public protests and demonstrations.


Our people must be encouraged to convey their grievances through their elected public representatives (local councilors, members of parliament and executive committee (MPs and MECs), and other relevant community leaders.


But, this can only be achieved if there is a willingness from all three spheres of Government to work together, integrated and coordinated.


The President saw this dire need for integrated and coordinated work, that he introduced two critical new departments within his Office.

One is the Ministry of Planning, where its department was tasked to develop a long-term planning document, so that Government could accordingly align at all levels, its policies. The other was the Ministry of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

In his own words, the President said: “the intention to establish these two Departments was to move away from silos and parochial planning and look at our country as one holistic entity that should develop comprehensively, in every corner.

Together, we want to build a future of prosperity, with freedom from want, disease, deprivation, illiteracy, landlessness, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and all social ills and related intolerances”. [CLOSE QUOTE]



The Department of Police commits itself to this call by the President. That is why on 11th December 2014, the Department launched its Front-Line Service Delivery Project.

This Front-Line Service Delivery Project is a dedicated programme aimed at improving the experience of all the communities in the country when they need services provided by the SAPS.

Nine police stations from nine provinces have been identified for the pilot launch of this project: Philippi in the Western Cape; Wolmaransstand in North West; Thabazimbi in Limpopo; Hartswater in Northern Cape; Kopanong in Free State; Alexandra in Gauteng; Amangwe in KwaZulu- Natal; Kabokweni in Mpumalanga; and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.


The programme includes addressing the professional conduct of police officers, how they treat the public, ensuring that police stations are accessible to the public, and that the first point of interaction between police and public is a positive one.

National Instructions are also circulated to all police stations in the country on wearing prescribed uniform, which include wearing chest badges/name plates to identify a police officer.


We regard as a serious offence if a police officer refuses to identify him/herself to a complainant, because these are the culprits who tend to ill- treat, secondary traumatize and abuse victims of crime when they report cases, especially those related to sexual offenses and domestic violence.


It is important to note that all police stations, including the identified 9 for pilot project FSD, are located at local government level, a primary site for service delivery and related protests and demonstrations; if service is deemed unsatisfactorily by the citizens.

And, if we don’t address the persistent criticism against SAPS in particular and Government in general, then there could be a real danger that continuous criticism may reduce and could destroy the effectiveness of law enforcement.

This means, Chairperson, to improve service delivery at front-line service Departments, including SAPS, we constantly need public servants that are committed to delivering quality service to our citizens; and we need Departments who are willing to work together, so as to move away from departmental silo-based frameworks.


It is with this reason that both the Ministries of COGTA and Monitoring and Evaluation, have come up with monitoring and intervention instruments to “go back to basics” in order for all Government Departments to serve our communities better.


The SAPS, as other Departments, is urged to adjust its monitoring and evaluation framework to include mechanisms for incorporating the views and experiences of the citizens on service delivery.

The SAPS is continuing therefore, to engage our citizens through the imbizos and other public platforms, to resolve complex service delivery challenges to fight crime.


We can assure the nation, that these SAPS Imbizos are never talk-shops. These are the platforms where we receive, NOT only complaints, but also very useful pragmatic recommendations from the public on how we as the SAPS can improve on our mandate.

Consequently, the Department of Police has come up with a host of inter-departmental projects and programmes, thanks to the advices received from the public at these imbizos.


For instance, during an Imbizo in 2009, citizens begged Government to bring back the abolished Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences Units (FCS Units). The public insisted that crimes against women and children still needed special handling and investigation.

Promptly so, Cabinet agreed, and the then Minister of Police re-established these FCS Units the following year in 2010.


The SAPS is continuing on the successes of the FCS programme attained since its re- establishment.

Not only is the Department of Police succeeding in inflicting maximum sentences on these heinous criminals who rape, molest and murder our most vulnerable (women, children, disabled and elderly).

The Department is ALSO putting extra measures to improve the FCS on its mandate.

In this instance, Chairperson, a th National Conference on FCS was held on 14 August 2014, and three fundamental resolutions were undertaken to ensure improved efficiency and effectiveness of its programmes:


  • Separate FCS performance from the Division of Detective Service to give true assessment of crimes against women and children.
  • Relocate accommodation from police premises to minimize secondary traumatizing of victims; and increment of sexual offences courts to increase privacy.
  • Increase capacity at National office for special focus on sexual offences and policies; cyber crime; and the elderly; and retain skilled and experienced members

This is indeed a show of commitment from the Department of Police in ensuring that there is a sole mandate for investigating case against the most vulnerable of our society.

The Civilian Secretariat of Police will also assist the SAPS’ compliance with the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, by developing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with SAPS.

Cognizance is also taken on the concern raised by the Portfolio Committee on Police, on the low target number set for schools to be linked with police stations through the SAPS Schools Safety Programme, for the Financial Year 2015/2016.


Notwithstanding, Chairperson, the Department will also advance the school safety programme through intense monitoring and evaluation process.


The monitoring will promptly address challenges raised by different provinces on the roll-out of the Safety School Programme, which has already seen a total of 16169 schools linked to police stations country-wide, since the National Launch in 2011.

The SAPS is planning to hold an inter- departmental meeting with the Departments of Basic Education and Public Works to address related problems of boundaries and infrastructure.


Such taking of stock and accountability can only assist the Department of Police in securing the confidence, respect, and trust of the South African public.
No police force can discharge on its mandate without the cooperation and confidence of the public, because it is the people who lay charges, who make statements, who testify in court, and who ultimately and inevitably assist the police in the performance of their duties.



We must, nevertheless understand and appreciate that the police-people trust should be mutual and reciprocal.

Yes, we agree that police officers must always ensure to use their given mandate with responsibility and sound judgment.

At the same time, we call upon our communities to better understand the value of the police, and the severe strenuous circumstances they work under.
We need to understand that not all police officers are corrupt, not all police officers are brutal.


A lot of our police officers always go beyond the call of duty to provide services to the citizens’ expectations, and at times surpassing the public’s expectation.

So, as the Ministry of Police, we will continue to pay special attention to police officer wellness in its entirety.

Already, we have requested the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police to assist the Department to lead the restructuring of various outdated policies of the SAPS.


This will ensure that, amongst other things, the DPSA National Strategic Framework of Employee Health and Wellness is aligned to the SAPS Employee Health and Wellness Programme.


The Police Leadership is committed to the reviewing of some of the draconian policies that detriment and negate the police officers’ work environment; their living conditions; their career progression; and indeed their dependants’ livelihood when they passed on.


In last year’s Budget Vote, the Ministry of Police announced that there was a functioning SAPS Non-Statutory Forces Project (NSF) Office with nine Provincial Project Offices in nine provinces.
The main goal of this project is to remedy the injustice and discrimination exercised against former members of the NSF when they got integrated within the SAPS during the years 1994 and 1995.

We are thus delighted to register the following progress in this regard:

  • The Re-Ranking and Appeals Committee have been established, and their respective Working Terms of Reference are currently being finalized. The Committees will assume their mandates no later than 1st June 2015 to consider 488 former NSF members.
  • Recognition of Full Service: Appointment dates are now being adjusted to reflect a combined service. Already 692 out of 1075 have been rectified on Persal.
  • Skills Development: 36 bursaries have already been awarded to qualifying former NSF members to further their studies.
  • Leave and Medical benefits are now currently being adjusted on Persal System and considered by the SAPS Medical Scheme, respectively.

With the SAPS NSF Project, we, as the Ministry of Police, are setting an unequivocal example when it comes to the exercise of our given mandate and our daily interaction with both our public and police officers.

Where there is a need for Government action, the Police Leadership will continue show the political will to take that action decisively.


Through determined leadership, the Ministry of Police will continue initiate programmes and projects that will both benefit police morale and people’s needs.


As we continue to celebrate 20 years of SAPS existence, let us all as a nation be inspired for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous South Africa, through the words of the late Father of the Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela:

“Let us NEVER be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come – using that memory not as means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved. My wish is that South Africans never give up on the belief of goodness, that they cherish that faith in human beings as a cornerstone of our democracy”.

The budget vote is hereby supported in its entirety.

I thank you all.


Ms Nomsa Hani
Head of Office & Spokesperson
Office of the Deputy Minister of Police
Ministry of Police
Private Bag X463
Tel: +27 12 3934469 / 21 4677023
Fax: +27 12 3934469 / 21 4614174
Cell: +27 (0) 82 772 2053

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