R350m boost for Mpuma security

2013-05-30 22:18
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Nelspruit - More than R350m has been set aside to enhance security and police visibility in Mpumalanga, Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe said on Thursday.

"The [security management] programme will be allocated the total amount of R357 721 000," he said in the tabling his 2013/2014 budget speech in the provincial legislature in Nelspruit, a Sapa correspondent reported.

Tight security had ensured the safety of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament games hosted at the Mbombela stadium.

"The successful hosting of the Afcon games would not have been possible without the involvement and co-operation among all members of justice crime, prevention and security cluster."

The total number of security forces members deployed to the games was 3 814, including 1 418 police.

Shongwe said his department had developed eight municipal safety plans, conducted 353 educational awareness campaigns, and conducted community outreach programmes. It had also implemented five integrated crime prevention initiatives.

"The department also recruited 538 tourism safety monitors to enhance tourists' safety in our province," he said.

"In the last financial year, a safety and security summit was also held to... assist with evaluating crime prevention strategies and the killing of police members."

Shongwe said his department was able to monitor all 86 police stations in the province in line with the Constitution.

"We do this being mindful that with enhanced service delivery within our police, the community will feel safe and this will restore and cement the relationship between the community and the police," Shongwe said.

The MEC said R10.7m had been set aside to improve crime reporting, investigations and attendance to complaints.

"The department was expected, through this programme, to monitor and evaluate 56 police stations on policy compliance in the previous year, and... it can be safely said that the target has been met."

He said enhanced oversight functions would be used to improve existing monitoring and evaluating of police to measure service delivery.

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