ANC seeks to restore confidence in police

The African National Congress has stated that the public’s confidence in police can only be restored...

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The African National Congress has stated that the public’s confidence in police can only be restored by the appointment of a permanent police commissioner.

The party welcomed moves to find a commissioner who would lead the police with a badge of honour but refused to comment on the storm around suspended commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Senior members of the ruling party have been reported as saying Selebi should go as soon as possible.

Selebi pocketed around R1m while on extended leave after being charged with crimes linked to Brett Kebble murder-accused Glen Agliotti.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said government must show the public that it was serious about fighting crime.

“We should not have an acting commissioner of police for many years because if we do that, we are not going to stand the confidence of the public in terms of being serious about fighting crime."

Earlier this week Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa told Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk that he had approached President Kgalema Motlanthe, urging him to dismiss Selebi and find a permanent commissioner.