“While we applaud the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) swift response and the arrest of three suspects following yet another gang-related killing in Delft yesterday, the DA is deeply concerned over the shortage of police officers as well as policing resources in the province.” says Bonginkosi Madikizela – DA Western Cape Leader
In some of the most crime-ridden precincts in the province, there is only one police officer for every 700 residents. To put this in perspective, the national average police to population ratio is 1 officer to 328 people. That is twice as many policemen in relation to population, compared to some of our most dangerous areas.
The DA believes that as long as the SAPS in the Western Cape is incapacitated the scourge of gang- and drug-related violence in the province will continue unabated. The ANC-led national government has a duty and responsibility to ensure the safety of all citizens, which include the people of the DA-governed Western Cape.
In their attempt to compensate for the lack of policing in the province, the DA-governed City of Cape Town recently instituted the Gang and Drug Task Team as well as the Stabilisation Unit. Our local metro police also make six times more arrests and take ten times more drugs off our streets than it did under the last ANC-run provincial government.
“Yet, while provincial DA government and DA-municipalities do achieve successes in combating crime, the problem will not be eliminated unless the national ANC government intervenes and strengthens the SAPS in the province.” Madikizela said.
On Saturday the DA Youth will lead a march to the Nyanga East Police Station to hand over a memorandum, calling on the national police commissioner to urgently capacitate the SAPS in the province.
“National police bosses have known for many years that the police in the Western Cape are under-resourced. It was emphatically pointed out by the Khayelitsha Commission of inquiry in 2014 already, yet they continue to ignore this and their apathy is costing lives on a daily basis.
It is time that the ANC-government put the needs of communities hardest hit by crime at the forefront. The DA will not rest until the policing crisis in the province has been resolved.” – Bonginkosi Madikizela.