Mothiba doesn’t have the power to suspend CPF oversight function

It’s understood the police commissioner’s admitted he can't suspend the CPFs' civilian oversight function.

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

JOHANNEBSURG - Chairperson of the Gauteng Community Policing Board Andy Mashaile this morning said Provincial Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba has admitted that he does not have the power to suspend the civilian oversight function of the Community Policing Forum (CPF).

Mashaile said Mothiba told officials at a meeting on Monday night that he was not pleased with the way the Safety MEC wants CPFs to conduct oversight.

His decision related to a recent community safety meeting where new guidelines were issued for CPF members.

Earlier, Mothiba announced that CPFs would not be allowed to conduct visits to police stations and that he was not consulted on how that would happen.

Mashaile said the matter has since been resolved.

"It looks like a misunderstanding between the [CPF] and what the MEC wanted led to the provincial commissioner suspending the civilian oversight of the CPF. The provincial commissioner has said in our meeting the civilian oversight function will go on as if nothing happened."

Earlier today, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's office confirmed it would meet with Gauteng's Community Safety Department to discuss what had been described as a huge misunderstanding in relation to the CPF oversight role.

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