Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on the Independent Police Directorate (Ipid) to stop interference to the work of the police.
Briefing Parliament’s Police Committee on Wednesday on steps he plans to take to overhaul the service, Mbalula says.
On Wednesday Mbalula Briefed Parliament’s Police Committee on objectives to restore the service delivery, he also highlighted that dismissing Khomotso Phahlane from the job of acting police commissioner was mainly due to his ongoing battle with Ipid, over its investigation into corruption claims against Phahlane.
Mbalula says all police programs initiated by Phahlane need a review to check if whether there’s progress on it.
He also says that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate must be allowed to do their work uninhibited.
Mbalula added that the Ipid should become an obstacle to the work of the police.
“I don’t want Ipid to become an obstacle to the work of the police. They must do their mandate in relation to their overseeing role but I don’t want feuds.”
He told the committee that the police can’t be allowed to act with the license. “When police are erring, we must act on that.”
Mbulala adds that corruption within the police is a real concern, especially the disappearance of dockets.