Police chief’s ‘back to basics’ approach praised

The institute says it appears Khomotso Phahlane is committed to addressing the root cause of police problems.

FILE. Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24 /Brendan Croft.

PRETORIA - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has welcomed acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane's 'back-to-basics' approach, saying it's about re-invigorating the core responsibilities of the police.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Phahlane to act in place of Riah Phiyeg a who has been suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The ISS' Gareth Newham says it appears Phahlane is committed to addressing the root causes of problems within the police.

"A range of issues keep on coming up over and over again relating to accountability and making sure that we have strong supervisors. I think when he talks about 'back to basics'… ultimately, that's what he means."

Newham says this approach should encourage better policing.

"Making sure that police officers are doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing, improving investigations and making sure police are properly deployed."

Phahlane has urged all members to act within the law and serve their communities.