Acting Police Commissioner Must Restore The Integrity Of SAPS
On the global stage, South Africa continues to reap praise from activists who hail its commitment to LGBTI communities. In an interview with Human Rights Watch for their 2003 report, State Sponsored Homophobia and Its Consequences in Southern Africa , Beverly Ditsie, a lesbian activist who founded the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand, said that SAPS continues to be regarded with suspicion because they enforced apartheid laws.
It is not our policy to discriminate against any person for whatever reason, and allegations of this nature are viewed in a serious light,” Lieutenant Colonel SAPS PEPERIKSAAN Andrè Traut of the Western Cape SAPS said. On a Thursday afternoon in November, Akhona Mdletshe (22) walked into the Pretoria Central SAPS station to certify copies of her university results.
The suspension of Riah Phiyega has put the spotlight on the urgent need for the new Acting Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, to refocus the priorities of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to get it on track to fulfil its mandate of addressing crime in communities.
Find out more about the key issues we’re focusing on to deliver on the dream of 1994 using the menu on the right. A rape victim also tried to open a docket with SAPS in the Western Cape, but the police officer was more interested in wanting to know how everything works”, rather than the rape.
From as early as 1995, SAPS forbade employment discrimination in its ranks on the grounds of sexual orientation. While Mdletshe was busy at the Pretoria police station, Sandiso Ngubane (29) was still recovering from his experience with police officers from Sea Point SAPS earlier that day.