Police minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on the country’s security forces to ensure that all people feel safe in South Africa.
The minister was addressing the media and a special task force on the security force’s state of readiness on the eve of the the fifth Brics summit in Durban this week.
Mthethwa, who was speaking on behalf of the security agency, National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure, addressed representatives of the National Intervention Unit, metro police, the fire department, the SA National Defence Force, the SAPS, Road Traffic Inspectorate, customs, the public order police, the Department of Home Affairs and the intelligence community
The security agency’s mandate is to plan, implement, execute and monitor all interdepartmental and cross-provincial operations affecting safety, security and stability in South Africa.
The police minister said people would feel safe if they saw that the 3 200 to 3 500 security force members had a level of preparedness and dedication to their job.
He also said it was the SAPS’s obligation and duty to “peer police” each other.
Mthethwa said the security forces, relevant government departments and other stakeholders had met over the past few weeks to ensure that all the necessary security measures were in place for the summit.
“Uncompromising security measures have been implemented for the duration of the summit,” he said.
These included VIP safety; route, venue, city and accommodation security; a combined intelligence agency and investigative capacity; crowd and traffic control and port-of-entry deployments; and rapid-response teams.
Mthethwa said South Africa had hosted 500 international events with distinction and expected the same of the country this week.
“We want to see comprehensive foreign investment in this country and that all depends on how security forces conduct themselves.