Claims that the Western Cape has sufficient police resources are untrue and an insult to poor communities, which are often victims of violent crimes, said provincial prime minister Alan Winde over the weekend.
He replied to Police Minister Bheki Cele’s testimony, that the province and KwaZulu-Natal will receive most of the budget to fund their police resources. Cele approached the residents of Mitchell’s Plain and raised their police and criminal concerns.
He said the Western Cape must use these resources equally by all residents.
The minister described as “lies” and “insincere” claims that the national government is not doing enough to support the Western Cape.
Winde said Cele’s claims were misleading, adding that residents from areas such as the Cape Flats insufficient. had a police-to-population ratio, a deficiency he attributed to the failure of the national government to adequately supply these areas with resources.
“This is the minister, nothing new to his ministry or department as we have been telling him for years through our constitutional report on police needs and priorities.
“We therefore call on the police minister to do the right thing and to correct his statement. He should use this correction to instead commit to making more police resources available to the police in the Western Cape, especially for the crime hotspots in our poorest communities, “said Winde.
An angry Cele said the national government had sent police officers from different provinces to work in the Western Cape. The efforts went unnoticed by the provincial government.
He accused the Western Cape government of delinquency and saying that provincial and national governments must work together to protect their communities protect.
“Let’s stop arguing about the levels of government. Let’s get together. Let the national, provincial and local governments do things together and get things right, “said Cele.
DA chief John Steenhuisen said if last week If the party were elected to power, it would fight crime and create safer communities by “taking the streets back to criminals”.
“Ultimately, our goal is a large part to transfer the police functions from the national government to the competent metropolises and municipalities, and we will fight the attempts by the national government to unite all police departments of the metro and the law enforcement authorities of the municipalities into one central police service. If we have to, we will take this fight to the Constitutional Court, ”said Steenhuisen.