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Fikile Mbalula wants SAPS to go digital

The age of e-policing may be near.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is planning to make big changes to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Fikile Mbalula plans to use the latest technology to improve the service of the SAPS. He spoke to the Sunday Times about these plans.

It’s no surprise the SAPS has a bad reputation and little credibility.

The Minister of Razzmatazz hopes to change that by cleaning up the image of the SAPS and restoring people’s confidence in it.

Mbalula believes people see the police as reckless and having a don’t-care attitude, especially at the frontline desks.

“That has not given police a good projection,” he said.

Police minister Fikile Mbalula at the SAPS training academy in Pretoria West.
Police minister Fikile Mbalula at the SAPS training academy in Pretoria West. (File Image)

“If you go to a police station, a case has disappeared, a docket has basically disappeared.”

To help solve this problem, Mbalula wants the police to create an app that will encourage people to report crime anonymously.

For this to work, IT infrastructure needs to be put in place to deal with the backlog of cases. Crime reporting will then become a digital process.

SAPS members won’t be able to slack off when it comes to recording cases because all the information will be stored online.

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This will free up several SAPS members who won’t have to do admin work anymore. Instead, they can go out in the field, do their real duty and make arrests.

The age of e-policing will ensure people can report crime safely and from anywhere.

People will be able to “access a police station through a cellphone app, free of charge, when reporting a crime”.

Fikile Mbalula hopes to achieve this goal in the next two years.

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