Motlatsa Modulasetulo, matona a kgabane a Lekgotla la Diprofinsi, Motlatsa Letona Sepolesa Mme Maggy Sotyu. E re pele ke nke monyetla ona ho o lebohisa boikarabelong ba hao bo botjha jwalo ka Motlatsa Letona la Sepolesa.
Ke lakatsa ho qala morao selemong sa 1992 ka tokomane ya ANC, "Re malala a laotswe ho ka busa", e ileng ya sisinya hore ho Afrika Borwa e ntjha ya demokrasi, dipelaelo tsa boitshwaro bo bobe ba sepolesa, di tla sebetswa ka mokgwa wa botletlebi bo ikemetseng le dipatlisiso. Ntlha ena e ne e habile hore sepolesa se be le boikarabelo setjhabeng seo se se lebeletseng ka mokgwa o ikemetseng ebile o se na leeme. Ena ke tjhebelopele ya ANC sepoleseng sa Afrika Borwa kamora kgethollo. Modulasetulo ya kgabane, tjhebelopele ena, ke yona motheo wa ho tshepahala le maikemisetso a dikamolao ka tatelano.
Mothating wa jwale karolwana 53 ya Tshebeletso ya Sepolesa sa Afrika Borwa, e fana ka matlataelo a molao ho Lekgotla le Ikemetseng mme e lebisitse ho Karolwana 18 ya Molao wa Merusu Malapeng, 116 e reng ke boitshwaro bo bobe hore setho sa sepolesa se hlolehe ho ikamahanya le molao oo se o nehilweng ho ya ka mokgwa oo.
Matlataelo ana a ananela hore diketso tsa sepolesa di tlameha ho ba kahare ho meedi ya molao esita le leano la boikarabelo. Matlataelo ana a sireletsa seabo sa tekolo ya ICD ho sepolesa e le hore ho lwantshwe ditlolo tsa molao. Re a ananela hore ka tlasa demokrasi ya molaotheo sepolesa se ke ke sa e ba molao ka bosona.
Mohoo wa ANC wa Dikgetho tsa 2009 o boela o paka ntlha ena ya kgale ya ho lwantsha ditlolo tsa molao kgahlanong le basadi le bana ka ho eketsa bokgoni ba sepolesa ba ho sebetsana le dinyewe tse jwalo. Ho ja setsi ha ditlolo tsa molao tse nang le dikgoka ho entse tlhokeho ya hore ho matlafatswe Tshebeletso ya Sepolesa ya Afrika Borwa. Ka lebaka leo, ditlolo tsa molao tsa mofuta ona di hlaloswa e le ditlolo tsa molao tse ka sehloohong ke mmuso wa rona.
Ka dilemolemo diphumano tse fapafapaneng tsa diphuputso le ditlaleho tsa palamente di pepesitse diqholotso tse ngata mabapi le ho ikamahanya ha sepolesa le ditshitsinyo tsa Lekgotla le Ikemetseng la Ditletlebo.
Diqholotso tsena esita le boiphehiso di utollotse kgaello ya ho kenngwa tshebetsong ha Molao wa Merusu Malapeng, DVA, oo e leng matlataelo a sepolesa le ICD. Diphuputso le ditlaleho di utollotse kgaellonyana ya bokgoni ho nnetefatsa bofuputsi bo matla ba ICD kgahlanong le boitshwaro bo bobe kapa bonyofonyofo ba sepolesa bo kenyeletsang ho se ikamahanye le tlhekefetso ya malapeng. Ka sebele hona le kgaello ya ICD ya ho sala morao e le ho nnetefatsa hore e ikamahanya le ditshitshinyo tsa yona. Ka lebaka leo sekamolao sa Lekgotla le Ikemetseng la Bofuputsi ba Sepolesa se lohothwa ho kwala sekgeo seo.
Modulasetulo ya kgabane, Lekgotla le Ikemetseng la Bofuputsi ba Sepolesa, le tla sebetsa ka boikemelo, le sa itshetleha ho Tshebeletso ya Sepolesa sa Afrika Borwa. Ho ya ka sekamolao ya boikemelo ba lekgotla la bofuputsi bo bohlokwa tshebetsong e ntle le ho ba molaong.
Ho ya ka maikemisetso a sekamolao se akaretsang Hlooho ya Mokgatlo e tla ba boemong ba Molaodi wa Phethahatso ho nnetefatsa boikemelo le ho se be le leeme ha IPID. Ho ya ka leano la boikemelo le puso e ntle, ke tshwanelo hore setlamo se thonyang se kenyeletse ditho tsa palamente le batho bohle ba nkang karolo ba sisintsweng le ba bang ba amehang ba kgethilweng. Molaodi wa Phethahatso a ka nna a fetisetsa dinyewe ho NPA bakeng sa ho tjhutjhisetswa ditlolo tsa molao.
Hona ke mokgwa o hlokolosi wa sepolesa, le mofuta wa lebotho leo re le labalabelang re bile re lakatsa ho le bona ha re ntse re tswelapele.
Sekamolao sena se beha ka sehlohlolong ntwa kgahlanong le ditlolo tsa molao. Re ikitlaeditse ho lwantsha ditlolo tsa molao tse mpefetseng haholo, haholoholo ditlolo tsa molao tse nang le dikgoka kgahlanong le bana le basadi. Ntwa ya rona kgahlanong le ditlolo tsa molao ha se ya matsoho empa e molaong, ka mekgwa e kenyeletsang sepolesa sa setjhaba, ho phethisa molao le tlhompho ya hore motho o nkuwa a se na molato. Sepolesa sa rona se tshwanela ho hlompha taba ya hore mmelaellwa o nkuwa a se na molato ho fihlela a fumanwa a e na le molato lekgotleng la dinyewe.
Molao o tla nnetefatsa hore puso ya molao e a latelwa ka nako tsohle, le ke baphethisang molao. Sekamolao sena se ananela haholoholo kamano pakeng tsa meralo le tshebetso ya molao. Mapolesa a rona a phethahatsa molao o hlokang ho tataiswa ke sekamolao sena kamehla. Komiti ya Tshireletso le Ntshetsopele ya Molaotheo e hlahisitse dihlomathiso tsa setegeniki ho amahanya sekamolao le Mohopolo wa Thibelo ya tlolo ya molao le boikarabelo le boikemelo jwalokaha e hlaha ho Molaotheo wa rona. Sekamolao sena se sebetsana le boikemisetso ba seabo seo baahi ba tlamehang ho ba le sona tekolong ya sepolesa. Ntshetsopele ya melao ena e tla nnetefatsa hore dikgoka tsa malapeng di tloswa ho ICD mme di behwe tlasa Secretariat.
Ntlhakemo ya rona e hatella hore ditlolo tsa molao kgahlanong le basadi le bana di dula di le sehloohong mmusong. Dinyewe tsa peto le teteko ya basadi le bana di tshwanetse ho behellwa ka sehloohong.
Sekamolao sena se hlahella e le mokgwa wa ho matlafatsa kamano pakeng tsa ICD le Civilian Secretariat ya Sepolesa. E tla ntlafatsa botebo ba kamano e be e matlafatse tshebedisano pakeng tsa mekgatlo ena e mmedi. Ka tsela ena re lebile tebisong ya demokrasi ya sepolesa.
Re sisintse dihlomathiso tse ding ho matlafatsa bokgoni ba Civilian Secretariat ho nnetefatsa hore mokgwa wa ho tlatsa dikgeo o etswa ka bokgabane nakong e sa fediseng pelo. [Mahofi.] Re hlokomela hore ho ya ka nalane, Secretariat ya Naha e nka thomo ya yona ho Molaotheo le Molao wa Sepolesa. Karolo ya 208 ya Molaotheo e batla Letona la Sepolesa ho thea Civilian Secretariat e sebetsang ka kotlolloho tlasa bolaodi ba taelo ya Letona.
Karolo ya bohlokwa ya Secretariat ke ho tla fana ka ketapele ho kenyeng tshebetsong ha maano tshebedisanong mmoho la banka karolo. Sekamolao sena se matlafatsa ho ikemela ha lekala lena mme se hlakisa ka ho otlolloha boikarabelo ba Letona le Matona a ikarabelang ka tlasa sepolesa sa diprofinsing le ho amahanngwa ha ditshebeletso tsa sepolesa naheng ka bophara. Sekamolao sena se tiseletsa le tshebedisano mmoho dintlheng tse amanang le tsa sepolesa hore ho se ke ha ba le dikgohlano.
Dikamolao tsena tse pedi di bohlokwa ntweng kgahlanong le bosenyi haholoholo tlhekefetso ya bomme le bana.
Re le ANC re tshehetsa dikamolao tsena ho thusa ho lwantsha bosenyi le ho aha setjhaba se senang botlokotsebe ho batho bohle. Ke a leboha. [Mahofi.] (Translation of Sesotho speech follows.)
[Mr T M H MOFOKENG: Deputy Chairperson, hon members of the National Council of Provinces, Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu, let me first take this opportunity to congratulate you on your appointment as Deputy Minister of Police.
I would like to start right at the back, in the year 1992, with the ANC's document "We are ready to govern", which suggested that in the new democratic dispensation in South Africa, allegations of police corruption would be dealt with through an independent process of investigation. The goal was to establish a police force which is accountable to the community it serves, in an independent manner and free from bias. This is the ANC's vision for the police in postapartheid South Africa. Hon Chairperson, this vision is the foundation for building trust as well as introducing relevant Bills to that effect.
Currently, section 53 of the South African Police Service Act gives a legal mandate to the Independent Complaints Directorate, ICD, and it leads to section 18 of the Domestic Violence Act, Act 116 of 1998. This Act prescribes that it is bad conduct for a member of the police not to obey instructions accordingly.
This mandate stipulates that the actions of the police should be within the bounds of the law as well as the principles of accountability. This mandate protects the ICD's investigations into the police in order to combat crime. We are grateful that under constitutional democracy the police won't be a law unto themselves.
The ANC's 2009 election manifesto is further proof of a long-held view of combating crimes against women and children by increasing the police's capacity to deal with cases of such a nature. The increase in violent crimes has necessitated the bolstering of the SA Police Service. As a result, these kinds of crimes have been regarded as priority crimes by our government.
For many years different research findings and reports of Parliament highlighted many challenges that the police and the Independent Complaints Directorate agreed upon.
These challenges exposed the difficulty of implementing the Domestic Violence Act, which happens to be part of the mandate of the ICD. The research as well as the reports also exposed the lack of capacity in ensuring proper investigative skill on the part of the ICD in dealing with bad conduct or corruption in the police, which also involves failure to adhere to the Domestic Violence Act. In fact, there is a lack of follow-up on cases by the ICD, as well as ensuring that it adheres to its own principles. As a result the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Bill is intended to close that gap.
Hon Chairperson, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Ipid, will function independently without relying on the SA Police Service. According to the Bill, the independence of the Ipid is important in respect of its functioning as well as compliance with legislation.
According to the objects of the Bill, the head of the organisation will be at the level of executive management in order to ensure independence as well as fairness of the Ipid. According to the principles of independence and good governance, it is appropriate that the oath must include Members of Parliament as well as all the other relevant people who have been nominated. Furthermore, the presiding officer should be able to forward cases to the NPA for criminal prosecution.
This is an important policing method, as well as the type of police force that we wish to see as we move on.
This Bill regards as its priority the fight against crime. We are determined to fight heinous crimes, especially violent crimes against women and children. Our fight against crime is not personal but it is legal, which also involves the national police force, and honouring and respecting the principle that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. Our police must respect the principle that a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
The Bill will ensure that the rule of law is followed at all times, even by those who implement legislation. The Bill welcomes the relationship between the draft and implementation of the legislation. Our police should perform their duties in a lawful manner and be guided by this Bill at all times. The Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development introduced technical additions to link the Bill with crime prevention methods as well as responsibility and independence just as it appears in our Constitution. This Bill deals with the role citizens should play in the evaluation of the police. The implementation of this Bill will ensure that domestic crimes are removed from the ICD and become the responsibility of the secretariat.
Our standpoint emphasises the fact that crimes against women and children will always be a priority for our government. Crimes involving rape and women and child abuse should be the main priority.
This Bill comes about as a way of strengthening the relationship between the IPID and the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service. It strengthens the bonds of the relationship and improves co-operation between these two organisations. In this way we are heading towards the deepening of democracy within the police.
We have suggested some additions to strengthen the capacity of the civilian secretariat to ensure that the strategy of filling vacancies is done properly and in good time. [Applause.] We are aware that, according to history, the national secretariat gets it directive from the Constitution and the South African Police Service Act. Section 208 of the Constitution requires the Minister of Police to establish a civilian secretariat that works directly under the management of the Minister.
The most important role of the secretariat is to provide leadership in respect of implementing policies as well as participation of stakeholders. This Bill is strengthening the independence of this division, and it specifies the responsibilities of the national Minister and Ministers who are accountable for provincial police services as well as the linkage of police services nationally. This Bill ensures close co-operation on issues that pertain to police matters so that there is no conflict.
These two Bills are very important in the fight against crime, especially women and child abuse.
As the ANC we support this Bill in order to contribute to the fight against crime and to build a society free of criminality for everyone. [Applause.]]