Tuesday, 15 September 2020
MEC NTULI MEETS WITH NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF IPID MS JENNIFER NTLATSENG
In a bid to enhance police oversight and accountability, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli held a high-level engagement with the newly appointed Executive Director for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Ms Jennifer Ntlatseng at their Durban offices today.
MEC Ntuli congratulated Ntlatseng on her appointment and vowed to work with the police’s watchdog to fight against crime and corruption in the province without fear or favour.
“The Department of Community Safety and Liaison’s role is to improve police performance by conducting regular visits and inspections of all police stations in order to monitor police conduct, evaluate police efficiency, effectiveness and to deal with complaints from the community against service delivery by the police,” said MEC Ntuli.
MEC Ntuli urged Ntlatseng to ensure that investigations of identified criminal offences and misconduct allegedly committed by members of the South African Police Services and Metro Police Services were impartial and conducted in the highest standard of integrity.
“Corruption is a cancer in our society that needs to be confronted by all of us as it could destroy our institutions if it is not urgently dealt with. Therefore, combating fraud and corruption within the police ranks and rooting out criminal and corrupt elements from within the service will assist in regaining public trust,” said MEC Ntuli.
MEC Ntuli urged the community to report corruption and police misconduct to IPID in order to ensure that justice is served.
“The Department of Community Safety and Liaison will host a community engagement aimed at educating the public about their rights and where they can report any complaints of torture or assault against a police officer in the execution of his or her duties,”
Ntlatseng who is the first female to occupy this position boasts 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system and community policing sectors.
“Community Policing Forums have been my partners throughout my career therefore it is easy for me to implement my programmes. Community policing forums play a critical role between bridging that gap between government and the community. Community participation is crucial to ensure that early warning systems are detected if there are burning issues within the community and we are able curb challenges around police misconduct,” she said.
Ntlatseng said IPID also has a programme that focuses on police professionalisation which is conducted through station lectures on the Directorate’s mandate to empower the police and ensure that the police officers understand the repercussions of their misconduct.
“Our mandate is highlighted on section 28 of the IPID Act, which details the types of matters the Directorate investigates which includes death in police custody, death as a result of police action, rape by police, torture, assault and corruption amongst other police misconduct,” added Ntlatseng.
MEC Ntuli and Ntlatseng committed to forging a strong partnership in order to effectively deal with police misconduct and regain public trust in the police service.