The Western Cape government believes it could be more effective in fighting crime by running the province’s police force.
The province’s Department of Community Safety and Police Oversight says it has lost confidence in the national government’s ability to fight crime, particularly after recent attacks on taverns in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
It has mechanisms to make the South African Police Service (SAPS) efficient and reduce fatal attacks.
Community Security and Police Oversight MEC Reagen Allen says the national government has failed communities in the way they operate SAPS.
“Trust between the public and SAPS has eroded. But there have also been budget cuts and cuts that happen regularly in every quarter we’ve seen. So what we are saying is that should police powers be transferred to a provincial government, a cost accounting can follow. So that the funds needed for managerial control in the Western Cape should then flow to the Western Cape with the reallocation of such a function,” explains Reagen.
Below is the full interview with MEC Reagen Allen:
Western Cape government to run provincial police agency – SABC News
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