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‘CPFs won’t be allowed to conduct oversights at police stations’

Thapelo Moiloa says the MEC will ensure CPFs are able to continue with their oversight duties.

FILE: Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba (C). Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Community Policing Forum (CPF) bosses say they will disregard the Gauteng police commissioner's instructions preventing oversight because he doesn't have the legal authority to issue such an order.

Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba issued a directive that CPFs will not be permitted to conduct any oversight at police stations until he has sought clarity from the national police commissioner.

The Gauteng Community Safety Office has however said it will ensure that CPFs are allowed to continue enjoying unfettered access to police stations.

Gauteng Community Police Board Chairman Andy Mashaile says the provincial commissioner is not legally empowered to suspend civilian oversight of the police.

"We decided to ignore that correspondence because we knew it was unlawful and illegal. We are not going to accept illegal and unlawful directives."

The Community Safety Department's Thapelo Moiloa says the MEC will ensure CPFs are able to continue with their oversight duties.

"The provincial commissioner has no such power towards the suspension of the oversight functions of the CPF."

The CPF board is scheduled to meet with Gauteng police bosses this evening.