Parly's police committee to implement Marikana recommendations

Nathi Nhleko announced an independent panel would have a year to review public order policing.

FILE: A screengrab of cellphone footage taken from the Marikana massacre. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police says plans to implement the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendations and to reform the South African Police Services form the first step in the right direction.

Today Police Minister Nathi Nhleko announced that an independent panel will have a year to review public order policing and a task team will be set up to make changes to the way the police operate.

Chair of the portfolio committee Francois Beukman says it will be a complex process to set up a panel and institute change but they've welcomed the minister's intentions.

"We think it's a step in the right direction, we are in favour of changeā€¦ of course there are processes underway and those processes must be followed."

The Democratic Alliance's shadow minister for police Diane Kohler Barnard says she was impressed with the minister's presentation today.

"That was the best presentation I have ever seen, it looked like... at last there was a focus on 21st century policing."