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Ministry to focus on transforming police service in 2016

The Police Ministry says Saps needs to review the way it’s structured to deal with all the problems it faces.

FILE: Police officers move through the grounds of the Union Buildings in Pretoria to disperse the crowds during protests over proposed university tuition fee increases on 23 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says this year his office will focus on transforming the South African Police Service (Saps).

In September, Nhleko told Members of Parliament that a panel of experts will be appointed to review Public Order Policing (POP) as recommended by the Marikana Commission report.

The POP Unit will be part of the wider transformation.

The minister says Saps needs to review the way it's structured in order to best deal with all the problems it faces.

"The issue of transformation and institutional reform is going to be the centre of our focus in ensuring that we deliver the service that is expected of us."

Nhleko added that restructuring is an urgent priority.

Last week, acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane said interventions have been put into place to boost the morale of officers on the ground.

Phahlane also plans to recruit forensic analysts to improve operations at labs.