“The effect of this oversight has always been an improvement of the conditions‚ the equipment or morale at the stations in question. Oversight is not a finger-pointing exercise. It is a thorough assessment of where the gaps exist and what can be done to fill them.
“We will not allow petty politics and ego to get in the way of the important work our public reps do. This is not about point scoring. This is about trying to keep people safe by ensuring that their local police are able to respond to crime and apprehend criminals‚” Maimane said
He gave the police 14 days to respond to a memorandum he presented to Sabelo Kunene‚ a representative of the provincial department of community safety and liaison.
The DA‚ in the memorandum‚ said it rejected the directive‚ adding that it was a “clear violation of the rights of South African citizens to be informed”.
The party demanded that the directive be immediately retracted.