background: 

Strategy:

The Direct Democracy Forum (the DDF) will need to clean house, motivate and reward.  In short, the DDF will adopt a carrot and a stick policy.  DDF measures will include:

  • Generously rewarding all serving commissioned and non commissioned officers of the SAPS commensurate with their service and rank, thus obviating the need for corrupt practices as a means of financial survival.
  • Seeing that the SAPS are properly equipped and resourced so as to enable them to do their job professionally and efficiently.
  • Coordinate with technikons and universities so police training dovetails with the requirements for diplomas and degrees in criminology, policing, related disciplines and constitutional rights and duties, so there is an academic path for career officers to follow.
  • Promote officers based on service, education and training.
  • Establish a real relationship between rank and minimum education standards.
  • Establish minimum standards of training and re-training particularly for performance of duties in public places and certification for the use of firearms in public places.
  • Only those with current certificates to bear arms in public places will be permitted to do so.
  • Encourage and protect whistle blowers as a means of rooting out graft and corruption at all levels of the force.
  • Encourage an ethic of performance of duties.
  • Penalise officers who do not perform their duties or who act in an illegal manner.  In this respect::
    • The Independent Complaints Directorate (now the Independent Police Investigative Directorate) will be the primary avenue of complaint.
    • The Public Protector will be a superior avenue of complaint, and will review all IPID investigations and actions.
    • Both bodies under a DDF administration will have the power to prosecute, not just the power to recommend.
  • The DDF will overhaul training procedures to reflect the SAPS’ role as a protector of society, the law and the constitution, capable of delivering force when necessary but otherwise acting as a professional body that is a part of society and is accountable to society, rather than as a paramilitary force answerable only to itself or to the state.
  • The DDF will also restrict the right of security services to interrogate and conduct surveillance and to act under a veil of secrecy without warrants and judicial oversight.  This in particular will see the scrapping of the the Protection of State Information Bill and the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill which in their present form seek to limit citizens rights of access to information and rights to privacy.

Conclusion:

The DDF see the SAPS evolving into the very sort of force that was feared and used as a tool of abuse under the apartheid regime.  The DDF will turn this body around so that it is no longer a tool of the state but is a professional body in service to society at large and answerable to that society.  This process will need the support of the entire management team of the SAPS.  Under a DDF administration, those who do not buy into the process will have no place in the SAPS.