National Commissioner Blunders on Television
For those who missed Saturday’s screening of eTV’s Judge for Yourself, here are the time-slots for the repeats:
Saturday, 02 November 22h30
Sunday, 03 November 09h30 and 17h30
Tuesday, 05 November 23h30
Wednesday, 06 November 12h30
Thursday, 07 November 10h30
The show sees former Judge Dennis Davis interview Zackie Achmat (Director of Ndifuna Ukwazi), Annelize van Wyk (Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police), and Riah Phiyega (SAPS National Commissioner) on the state of policing in South Africa.
When confronted on why SAPS opposed the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, a clearly flustered Riah Phiyega claims that she cooperated with the complainant organisations; investigated the state of policing in Khayelitsha; and released the findings of her Task Team Report. She goes on to state that there was no need for a commission.
As Zackie Achmat pointed out, she was being “economical with the truth” as the complainant organisations only learnt of the existence of a report after the Minister of Police had gone to court to stop the Commission. This was due to the report being in the court documents. The report clearly demonstrates serious deficiencies in SAPS in Khayelitsha.
It is definitely worth a watch!
The task team report findings can be accessed here.