This is one of the main reasons why many desperate citizens are turning to private investigators to help them solve criminal cases the police are unable to crack. A relevant example is that of Orlando Pirates and Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was killed two years ago. To date, police have not made a breakthrough.
Instead, shortly after Meyiwa was gunned down, police arrested a suspect they claimed was positively linked to the crime. They had egg all over their faces after they could not produce any evidence linking the suspect to the murder.
We welcome the assurance by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that no decision has been taken to reduce the police training period from two years to eight months. Such a move would have been calamitous. Many criminals who should be behind bars are roaming our streets because of shoddy work by poorly trained police officers.
Clearly, we need more, not less training time for our police to enable them to excel in their duty of keeping all South Africans safe.