n Journal of Public Administration - Chapter 12 of the National Development Plan 2030 : a comparative analysis

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The National Development Plan consists of fifteen chapters and Chapter 12 deals with "Building Safer Communities". One of the key components of this chapter is the establishment of a National Policing Board equipped with multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary expertise. According to the NDP, the Board should set standards for recruiting, selecting, appointing and promoting police officials and police officers. Furthermore, the NDP states that "the National Commissioner of Police and Deputies should be appointed by the President on a competitive basis". The author believes that this approach is still vulnerable to cadre deployment and will not solve current leadership crisis in the SAPS. Ever since the appointment of Mr Jackie Selebi and Mr Bheki Cele as South African Police Commissioners, questions have been raised as to whether their lack of policing experience could help the police to move forward. These questions seem to have proven somehow correct in the sense that the two senior managers bowed-out of the office disgracefully without completing their contractual periods. Therefore this papers seeks to discuss the powers of the President to appoint and dismiss the National Police Commissioner as outlined in section 207 of the Constitution as well as section 7 and 8 of the South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995. The paper provides a comparative analysis with the Kenyan National Police Service Commission. In terms of section 10 of the National Police Service Commission Act of 2011, the Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General of the Kenyan Police are interviewed and recommended to Parliament by the Commissions. Once interviews are finalized, three names are submitted to Parliament and the successful candidate must obtain 75% of the votes in Parliament. The author believes that this is the model the South Africa should follow to appoint a National Commissioner of the South African Police Service. This is a qualitative study and will critically discuss policies and legislation that is used to appoint a National Commissioner of the South African Police Service as well as making recommendations. Finally, the paper discusses challenges with the current approach and why South Africa must abandon it.

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