In Servamus: June 2015 Pollex briefly referred to two Draft White Papers* that had appeared on 3 March 2015 and on which the public were asked to comment.
Both of these Draft White Papers appeared in the Government Gazette (GG) No 41082 dated 1 September 2017 and both have since been approved. The first is the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security, which appears from p109, and the second is the 2016 White Paper on Policing, which appears from p60. Neither paper differs much from its preceding Draft. The objective of the White Paper on Safety and Security is still the same as contained in the Draft, namely that it is to provide substance and policy direction to achieving the vision of "Building safer communities" as enshrined in the National Development Plan ("NDP"), which establishes a vision of what South Africa should look like in the year 2030.
As far as "Building safer communities" is concerned, the NDP states as follows: "In 2030, people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and they enjoy a community life free of fear. Women walk freely in the street and children play safely outside. The police service is well-resourced and professional, staffed by highly skilled officers who value their work, serve the community, safeguard lives and property without discrimination, protect the peaceful against violence, and respect the rights to equality and justice." (This appears on p26 of the Draft and on p143 in GG No 41082 supra).
Regarding the White Paper on Policing, the same applies. Its objective is also still the same, namely an "accountable, professional, competent and highly skilled police service". Moreover, it states that "South Africa is entitled to a police service that delivers high quality services while maintaining high standards of professional conduct and discipline, and that exhibits exemplary leadership and management".
(This appears on p10 of the Draft and on p69 in GG No 41082 supra).