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Title:Are police deaths a consequence of flaws in the South African Police Service administration? A SWOT analysis
Authors:Mkhize, Mbekezeli C.
Madumi, Phathutshedzo
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:South Africa
public administration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2016.1225584
Abstract:This article argues that since the advent of democracy, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been plagued by poor administration. Having inherited a repressive police force, the post-apartheid national police commissioners (NPCs) have found it difficult to transform the organisation. Among the unintended consequences has been a rise in police deaths. Although police deaths can be attributed to numerous factors, this article focuses on fault lines in the SAPS administration through a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis drawing largely on existing scholarly debates. Essential theoretical perspectives have been employed to gain insight into the root causes of the problem. The article concludes that poor administration and a lack of trust, partnership and collaboration between police officers and community members have perpetuated the killing of police officers. These killings are further compounded by the flawed and ill-conceived selection and appointment of NPCs. As a consequence, the article recommends that the appointment of NPCs should be promptly reviewed. It further recommends that each potential candidate should have risen through the ranks and must fully comprehend the challenges facing the organisation. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]