SJC: Police management using delay tactics in court battle over resources

The SJC & other groups took the SAPS to court over its apparent failure to address staff shortages in poor communities.

FILE: The Social Justice Coalition led Khayelitsha residents in a protest march. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has accused Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and police management of using delay tactics in a court battle over resources.

The organisation, Equal Education and the Nyanga Community Policing Forum took the South African Police Service (SAPS) to court over its apparent failure to address staff shortages in poor communities.

A draft order by the court, agreed on by lawyers by both parties, directed that police management file an affidavit by the end of November.

However, this wasn't done.

The SJC’s Dalli Weyers says, “That ultimately just means that no oral arguments must be made. The judge will make a decision based on the papers. So we’re asking for an order to get the SAPS to submit their responding papers within three days.”

Nhleko's spokesperson Sandile Ngidi says it's unfortunate the matter has been delayed.

“The minister of police notes with regret that the papers have not been filed. He is currently attending to it as a matter of urgency. There is no desire on our part to delay this matter any further.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)