Phahlane’s ‘back-to-basics’ campaign sees mixed reactions

Popcru says it’s nothing more than a ploy by Phahlane to be appointed permanently.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Pahlane's so-called back-to-basics campaign has been met with mixed responses.

While it's been welcomed by crime analysts, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it's nothing more than a ploy by Phahlane to be appointed permanently.

Phahlane announced in Parliament last year that he would embark on this campaign to re-invigorate the core responsibilities of the police.

Last week, former Gauteng commissioner Lesetja Mothiba was transferred to head office to lead the newly established management intervention unit.

Popcru's Richard Mamabolo says the implementation of the back-to-basics campaign goes against bargaining counsel agreements because they were not consulted.

"All the stakeholders do not know of that campaign and the campaign itself doesn't have a plan; and of course it's a costly campaign."

The Institute for Security Studies' Gareth Newham says the management intervention unit is a good idea.

"This will make the ability of the national office to follow up instructions and initiatives that need to be rolled out across the country in the nine provinces. There will be a dedicated people making sure that those instruction are being properly handled at the provincial level."

He says Mothiba's experience makes him the ideal candidate for the job.