Harold Mcgluwa, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Provincial Chairperson
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling for the MEC for Safety, Transport & Liaison, Patrick Mabilo, to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate serious allegations of police apathy and the alleged poor service received by community members from officers stationed at the Modderrivier Police Station.
This comes after media reports of a mob attack in the area in which the informal dwelling of a man suspected of having stabbed and killed his friend in an altercation, was razed to the ground by community members thought to be friends of the deceased. Reports further suggest that the mob have allegedly vowed more acts of retribution for the murder of the man. Equally concerning are the allegations by community members that their relationship with the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the area has been characterized by indifference and apathy on the part of the police officers.
Community members who try to report crimes and other complaints have allegedly been subject to verbal abuse and apathy from SAPS officials. This is totally unacceptable, and effectively creates a rift between the community and the police.
Although the DA welcomes the arrest of a suspect for the murder, it would however seem greater police visibility and steps by the Department, are needed to quell a situation which is seemingly on a knife edge. It is important to remember that along with institutions such as the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), and appropriate Chapter 9 bodies, the Provincial Department of Safety, Transport & Liaison has the Constitutional duty to act in the interests of the public.
The DA believes MEC Mabilo must take action and launch a Commission of Inquiry into the conduct of the SAPS officers in the area, and its findings must be made public. We believe this is the only way trust can be restored between community members and SAPS in Modderrivier, and the MEC must provide the leadership to ensure this happens.