Riah Phiyega distances SAPS from ‘dompas’ cards

The cards have been likened to the apartheid era “dompas” system.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has distanced the South African Police Service (SAPS) from the controversial issuing of green ID cards to workers and job seekers in Worcester in the Western Cape.

The cards which have been likened to the apartheid era "dompas" system have to be carried by workers, including gardeners, when they enter affluent parts of the town, as part of a crime combatting initiative driven by the Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Sector 4.

The African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have condemned the system and MPs have asked Phiyega to comment on the matter at a Police Portfolio Committee meeting in Parliament on Wednesday.

Phiyega said every citizen had the right to freedom of movement.

"We don't subscribe to the nature of control mechanism. We are looking into it, working with everybody to ensure that we redress."

Phiyega said the system, which was rolled out in Worcester towards the end of July last year, was initiated by the Worcester Community Policing Forum in Sector 4.

She said the use of the police logo on these controversial cards was unauthorised and the cards were being withdrawn.