…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Concerns Arise Over Resistance to Discipline Measures in Tshwane Metro Police Department
City of Tshwane MMC for Community Safety, Ald Grandi Theunissen, has expressed deep concern over indications of active resistance against measures being implemented to restore discipline and ethics within the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD).
Public Rights and Measures Implemented to Address Allegations of Extortion and Harassment
Recently, the City of Tshwane granted the public the right to request an officer’s appointment certificate, take photos of officers, their vehicles, and even film interactions.
This response comes in light of the high number of alleged cases of extortion and harassment reported against TMPD officers.
Challenges in Curbing Corruption and Misbehavior Among TMPD Officers
The MMC highlighted that Acting Chief of Police Basil Nkwashu has implemented various directives and internal measures to address the numerous complaints from the public who have fallen victim to criminal elements within the TMPD.
Disappointment Over Resistance to Measures and Lack of Support from Senior Management
Theunissen expressed his disappointment at the active and passive resistance encountered in ongoing efforts by Nkwashu.
He had hoped for greater support from the entire senior management team in addressing misconduct and restoring the image of the TMPD, which has been tarnished by the actions of rogue individuals within the department.
Accusations Against SAMWU and its Role in a Smear Campaign
Furthermore, the MMC accused the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) of engaging in criminal activities and conducting a smear campaign against Nkwashu.
Theunissen stated that he expected the unions to welcome the interventions aimed at improving working conditions and enhancing the reputation of their members.
The concerns raised by the City of Tshwane MMC shed light on the challenges faced in combating corruption and misconduct within the Tshwane Metro Police Department.
The implementation of measures to address these issues is crucial for restoring public trust and ensuring the department operates with integrity.
However, the presence of resistance and lack of support from senior management pose additional obstacles in the quest for discipline and ethics.
The accusations against SAMWU further complicate the situation, raising questions about the role and actions of unions in promoting a positive working environment.
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