More than 2,435 cases related to criminal activity in last year’s civil unrest have been entered in court lists, with at least 50 cases resulting in convictions.
This is from the Defense Outstanding Minister Thandi Modise, speaking at a Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster (JCPS) briefing on Friday on law enforcement following the riots and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
< p> “There are 19 cases – of which the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) is investigating eight – relating to people arrested on suspicion of incitement to commit public violence,” she said. span>
Modise said more than 8,000 incidents had been reported to police and at least 5,000 people had been arrested.Total < span>2,900 cases were filed as undetected or unsubstantiated.< /p>
Police investigated cases of incitement to violence, murder, attempted murder, arson, malicious damage to property, suspected theft, damage to infrastructure and wrongful death.
“The investigation of approximately 2,200 cases [is] complete pending a decision on the viability of pursuing the cases. A number of files have been forwarded to the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office (DPP) for decision, further guidance and direction on the matter.”
“In Phoenix, outside of Durban, 164 cases have been investigated, 120 are still under investigation, with 69 suspects arrested for various crimes,” Modise said.
“Thirty-six of these suspects have been arrested for their alleged roles in the murder of 35 people, while 31 people were arrested for attempted murder.”
Modise pledged that “as JCPS minister…the country should not be subjected to the level of anarchy and destruction that we experienced in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last year.” .
“Now a year has passed it’s time to reflect and update on the progress which we use in implementing the recommendations of the panel of experts headed by Prof. S andy Africa, appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.”
Modise said the panel highlighted weaknesses in the judicial security system.
These included “the failure of the country’s state institutions to conduct timely risk assessments, the inability of these institutions to protect the police and the government from the threat of violence , the lack of capacity on the part of police officers to stop and contain the rioting and looting, and the lack of capacity within the SAPS to control the huge crowds taking part in the public violence and looting”.
Interventions since then include the SA National Defense Force (SANDF), which stands ready to assist law enforcement agencies in dealing with threats to the country’s security and stability. p>
“The SANDF will remain on standby in support of the SA Police Service to protect all national key points as well as the country’s economic corridors from interference or blockages,” she said.< /p>
“This is consistent with SANDF’s constitutional mandate to intervene when a government agency is required to ensure the safety of our employees and infrastructure is protected and secure.”
Qualified individuals have been appointed to managerial positions in the State Security Agency to bring stability to the organization, with a full-time director-general appointed and all senior management posts now permanent.
The General Intelligence legislation was finalized and the roadmap for its submission to Parliament was submitted to the Joint Standing Intelligence Committee. This bill is expected to be presented to Parliament in September.
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