Police Day: Commissioner calls for citizens to up support for officers

Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, said on National Police Day that he is concerned by the number of citizens not adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

Police Day: Commissioner calls for citizens to up support for officers

South Africa’s police officials do not have the best relationship with the citizens they protect and serve. However, the nation’s top cop Khehla Sitole is on National Police Day, 27 January, calling on members of the public to up their support for the women and men in blue.

RISING CONCERN OVER NON-ADHERENCE TO COVID-19 LAWS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, festivities celebrating National Police Day, like so many other events, had to be suspended.

Despite the dampened day, Sitole has in a statement reminded citizens of the sacrifices made not only by police officials but also by military personnel, metro police officers and traffic departments countrywide in safeguarding the lives of citizens via ensuring adherence to lockdown regulations and combatting domestic violence amongst a slew of other crimes.

The police commissioner is perturbed there are South Africans who are unwilling to cooperate with police officers and abide by the COVID-19 laws.

NATIONAL POLICE DAY CELEBRATED ANNUALLY SINCE 1995

“On 27 January 1995, the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995) was promulgated. On 27 January 2005 the SAPS celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a Service to the South African Democracy.”

Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole

Police Commissioner Sitole added that “the South African Cabinet took a decision to declare the 27th of January as National Police Day which day has been celebrated since then”.

OVER 26 000 POLICE OFFICIALS INFECTED WITH COVID-19 SINCE MARCH 2020

Police Minister, Bheki Cele has echoed Sitole’s sentiments and provided some insight into how police officials and their families have been ravaged by COVID-19. According to the police ministry, 26 382 police officials have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in South Africa, whilst over 500 have died.

“Indeed it is a dark time for all of us in the SAPS as the pandemic continues to rob us of the opportunity to unite in our collective grief and give our fallen colleagues a befitting police send-off. However, as your Minister, I’m calling on you all to unite in solidarity with the fallen members and continue to improve the service you provide to those who need it.”

Police Minister, Bheki Cele

POLICE OFFICIALS OVERBURDENED

The celebrations come after Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela, revealed in a media briefing held at the provincial health department’s headquarters in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 20 January that senior Free State law enforcement officials are concerned their members are expected to solely “intervene with long queues” during the disbursement of grants by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) at ATMs and clinics as well as the long queues at traffic departments and home affairs. Ntombela said police officers and traffic officials in the province are overburdened.

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Source : The South African More