Pietermaritzburg – The South African Police Services (SAPS) and related enforcement agencies received a scathing review in the long-awaited report of the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into political violence in KwaZulu-Natal.
“There was ample evidence before the Commission that acts of omission and commission by the police, through incompetence or political manipulation, has led to a loss of public confidence in the criminal justice system, but especially the police services and security agencies in general, including crime intelligence, national intelligence, and the specialised policing and prosecution agencies,” according to the report.
The 424-page document was presented to the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on Thursday afternoon and journalists were provided with hard copies. It is unclear when an online copy will be made available for public consumption.
The R15-million commission was established in October 2016 and was chaired by senior advocate Marumo Moerane SC.
It was mandated with investigating the underlying causes of political violence in KwaZulu-Natal. Over 60 witnesses ended up testifying before Moerane, professor Cheryl Potgieter and advocate Vasu Gounden.