ANALYSIS | Law enforcement budget cuts could embolden those who would see citizens living in fear

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The author argues that budget cuts within law enforcement agencies will have an impact on justice.
The author argues that budget cuts within law enforcement agencies will have an impact on justice.
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The wholesale slashing of the budgets of several key law enforcement agencies is concerning because of the impact that this will have on these institutions’ ability to carry out their mandate, writes Theodore Petrus.

Earlier this month, it was revealed in the police portfolio committee that not only would no additional funding be made available to the police, but also that there would be significant budget cuts.

In fact, the SAPS budget has been cut by R11.8 billion in the 2021/22 financial year.

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