Saps to get a transformation task team
Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says has been unable to say when the task team will be appointed.
CAPE TOWN - An independent panel of experts will have 12 months to review Public Order Policing, and a task team will be set up to lead the transformation of the South African Police Service (Saps).
Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko made these announcements in Parliament today, but he has been unable to say when both bodies will be appointed.
In response to the Marikana Commission's recommendations, Nhleko said he regarded the appointment of the independent panel of experts as an urgent matter, but he could not say when this will happen.
"It's a matter that has to be driven with quite some speed to ensure that we secure both local and international experts."
On the issue of demilitarising the Saps, he said it required a change in mind set.
"The panel itself will also look into this very same question."
Members of Parliament have been told that strong leadership, effective deployment of resources, efficient use of specialised equipment and technology and adequate funding will enable the transformation of the police service.