Calling of Phiyega unusual - MPL

2013-08-27 23:54
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A shortage of police in the Western Cape required the "unusual step" of calling national police chief Riah Phiyega to account, a provincial lawmaker said on Tuesday.

"What is becoming abundantly clear is that staffing, especially in the visible policing unit, is drastically under strength," said Mark Wiley, chairperson of the standing committee on community safety.

"Vacancies simply do not get filled. Promotions are static, especially at constable level."

He said there were too few officers to fill shifts, and that those who were on duty were managed in a way which "defied all logic".

It was not unusual to see a single vehicle patrolling a sector, and for shift members to barely know each other because they were called from off-duty shifts.

"The effect on morale must be horrendous," Wiley said.

Phiyega said it was not so "unusual" to be called to account and she would always make herself available.

She disputed claims that the SAPS was struggling with vacancies.

"It's not easy to head an organisation which has 200 000 members... Our population to police ratio sits at about one [officer] to 360 [people], which shows we compare fairly well with other countries," she said.

Cape cop ratio

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said statistics from the provincial police showed that the ratio of population to police was much higher in Cape Town, specifically the 10 areas with the highest murder rates, such as Nyanga.

Phiyega said some areas had a much higher concentration of people.

She said every safety and security body "in the pipeline" had a role to fulfil in keeping these areas free of crime.

Regarding the filling of posts, Phiyega said the police had grown by almost 60% in the past decade.

"The posts situation should be interpreted in the correct context, with due consideration of the difference between ideal requirements, how many funded posts are granted and actual personnel... We should never fall below a particular minimum."

Figures presented to the legislature showed that 220 police recruits were appointed in the Western Cape in March, and would finish compulsory training in 2015.

For 2011/12, 232 recruits were appointed and would finish training in 2014.

This was from a pool of about 600,000 applications in an average national recruitment cycle. Between 15 000 to 20 000 applicants, on average, met all the recruitment criteria.

This included a matric certificate, driver's licence and passing psychometric assessments.

Read more on:    police  |  helen zille  |  riah phiyega  |  cape town  |  gang violence

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.