8 August 2013
Leaders from South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies, Business against Crime South Africa, AgriSA and the South African Banking Risk Information Centre have pledged their support to the country’s police service in the fight against crime.
“We needed to interact with these important partners who have helped us in our crime reduction programmes,” Mthethwa said in Pretoria on Tuesday.
“As the ministry, we move from a premise that it is only through strong partnerships that we can create safer environments, which enable economic development, growth and attract investments.”
The ministry maintains ongoing partnerships with different stakeholders – from business, researchers, academics, community policing forums and labour unions to NGOs who give insights which have assisted in policy formulations and practical programmes.
“In fact, our approach as government is not premised along an impression that we are experts who know better; rather, we see them as equal partners in helping us address the challenge confronting us, which is to ensure that South Africans are and feel safe,” he said.
“In our efforts of creating a police service that is professional, accountable, transparent and responsive, we also shared and discussed the Green Paper on Policing.”
The meeting also covered the challenges that the South African Police Service is currently grappling with, including corruption and poor conduct of police officers.
Mthethwa said it should not be a government-only responsibility to tackle crime – and such partnerships have enabled police management to better grasp and understand some of the key issues faced by police.
“We are under no illusion that there are quick fix solutions to policing challenges in South Africa,” he said.
“We do believe that over the last year, we have begun to put in place processes that are not only yielding some successes, but will also become the building blocks for the police service we envisage.”
The minister and the partners agreed to cement these engagements through ongoing interactions, which will include a development of a practical programme with clear time frames, sharing of information and best practices.