Attempts to sort out WC policing needs

2019-06-25 06:00

The minister for community safety in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz met with the national minister of police, Bheki Cele on Tuesday 18 June.

This meeting took place as part of the plans to address the various policing needs and priorities within the Western Cape which gave rise to the declaration of an intergovernmental dispute by the Premier Alan Winde.

The meeting was conducted in a cordial spirit of collaboration and cooperation. Both Cele and Fritz agreed that the task of building safer communities requires immediate and priority attention.

Cele gave the assurance that the resourcing of police stations in the Western Cape is being addressed with no fewer than 1000 new police recruits, out of the 5000 currently receiving training at the Police Academy, that will be deployed in the Western Cape immediately after they have completed their training. Resources must be better used

They also agreed that the complexities surrounding the equitable distribution of police resources will be best addressed via a negotiated process aligned with the determination of a remedy to address the ruling of the Equality Court in the matter SJC and Another vs. the Minister of Police and Another, regarding the distribution of police resources.

Cele also expressed his willingness to engage further on the proposals made by the Western Cape government to alleviate the work of police and in particular the R5m funding which was made available by the provincial government.

Both parties agreed that this money should be invested for maximum impacts to create safer communities.

Cele highlighted the need for a holistic approach for the eradication of crime, and raised environmental design challenges, as one of the issues the police is unable to resolve by the additional allocation of resources alone.

Fritz added: “We now look forward to building a solid, constructive and productive relationship with Minister Cele and his team going forward, with the aim of ensuring that the ongoing surge of crime in this province is ended, and every possible means is provided to assist the police in achieving this goal,” he says.

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