Political Appointments 'Have Leached Police Service of Skills'
BYLINE: Political Bureau
POLICE were battling to fight crime because the ANC had appointed its own people who had no policing skills to positions of authority, the DA said yesterday.
The party's safety and security spokeswoman, Dianne Kohler Barnard, said the ANC's policy of deploying cadres into key government jobs had seen skilled security experts replaced by political appointees. She told journalists at a briefing at parliament that this lay at the heart of the problems in the police service.
She said critical senior positions needed to be filled, detective units beefed up and the backlog of samples at the forensic science laboratories tackled.
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Publication information: Article title: Political Appointments 'Have Leached Police Service of Skills'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Cape Times (South Africa). Publication date: April 3, 2009. Page number: 4. © 2009 Independent News & Media PLC. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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