CAPE TOWN–The South African Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police has zeroed in on the lifestyle audits for senior members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and on the allocation of resources at the SAPS.
The chairperson of the committee, Francois Beukman, told the media ahead of the commitee’s here Tuesday that the committee would focus on lifestyle audits for senior members of the SAPS, the allocation of resources to the various provinces and crime hotspots, the crime intelligence turnaround strategy and alleged corruption in the SAPS procurement division.
Beukman said the management of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, more commonly known as the Hawks, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the Civilian Secretariat for Police would appear before the committee during the hearings, which will conclude on Friday.
The committee has also invited representatives of police unions, civil society and anti-corruption non-governmental organizations to form part of the deliberations. The various organizations will give their views on the SAPS budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year.
It is critical to get the input of the broader community and stakeholders on the performance of the police and crime-fighting agencies. Parliament should take cognizance of the input of the public during the budget hearing process. Gaps in service delivery should be identified and communities that are under siege by criminals should be able to articulate their concerns, said Beukman.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK