PC ON POLICE ON OVERSIGHT VISIT TO KWAZULU-NATAL AND GAUTENG PROVINCE TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF VIOLENCE IN THE RESPECTIVE PROVINCES
SPEECH BY ACDP PRESIDENT, REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
ACDP believes looting and destruction of property exposed an appalling weakness within government’s intelligence sector
- says the security cluster should have been fired for their incompetence
“Speaker, The large-scale looting of shopping malls, violent protests and riots that led to the destruction of properties, both state and privately-owned, from Friday the 9th July 2021 to Sunday the 11th July in particular, was shocking and unprecedented.
What was even more disturbing was to note that not a single police officer in the first three days of the looting was seen anywhere. Where were they? Where was the Minister of Police who always wants to be seen and heard whenever acts of criminality take place?
Like most South Africans, the ACDP believes that the looting and destruction of property that took place between the 7th and 16th July 2021 exposed an appalling weakness within the government’s intelligence sector. Social media was awash with hints and threats leading to those awful events and days that we believe should have been contained more effectively by the police, who should have been ready. But they were caught napping, and consequently failed to prevent the looting and extensive damage of our infrastructure, including 161 malls, 200 shopping centres, 1,400 ATMs, 300 banks and post office branches. As an estimated impact on our GDP amounted to R50 billion.
The ACDP is very disappointed that after such costly damage to our infrastructure, the torching of about 23 trucks on the N3 at Mooi River Plaza and the loss of more than 200 lives, there have been no heavy penalties imposed on the security cluster.
The whole security cluster that failed the nation of South Africa should have been fired for its lapses and incompetence. The important question we are now asking is what is the government going to do to prevent a repeat of the wholesale looting, destruction of property, and the loss of so many lives?
With a total of ten law enforcement officials having been charged so far for allegedly taking part in the looting, is there any hope that the police will ever succeed in eradicating criminality and criminals from their ranks? We have seen reports that some of the police officers even rent out guns to criminals, which is shocking indeed.
Besides the fact that our police need better training, their numbers should be beefed up significantly. During the looting frenzy, we could clearly see that the police were far outnumbered by the protestors.
To all those police officers who did their best to contain the madness taking place in July, the ACDP wants to say “thank you.” Your commitment to protect our communities and to do your work with diligence and excellence is commendable and greatly appreciated.
May the Lord continue to keep you and protect you and your families.
I thank you.”0