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parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and correctional services has expressed concern about the failure to fill critical posts in the cluster.  

Mathole Motshekga, committee chairman, said that every time undertakings were given to Parliament to resolve the issue, the commissioners had left their posts before anything tangible materialised.  He was reacting to the concerns of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) about the effect of leadership instability in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).  In a statement issued on Monday, Popcru listed the challenges faced by workers at the DCS and the SA Police Service (SAPS), saying dysfunctional structures compromised service delivery and affected morale negatively.  There had been six structural reviews of the SAPS in the past five years, said Popcru.  The police service has been without a permanent national commissioner since 2015 and has had two acting commissioners since then.  Former DCS commissioner Zach Modise was replaced with an acting head when he retired in August.  SA Policing Union (Sapu) president Mpho Kwinika said the long-term absence of a permanent police commissioner had affected the functioning of all units, especially the critical crime intelligence unit.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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