Bheki Cele admits shortage of police
Police Minister Bheki Cele has admitted that there is an extreme shortage of police, with over 20 000 less policemen since 2020. Taking the ratio of citizens to police to 363 people to one policeman. Cele was speaking at the opening of Chatty Police Station in Gqeberha on Friday.
Chatty is the first of 13 police stations to be opened in this financial year.
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“In 2010 we had 195000 police and now we have over 160000. The President and treasury has allowed for 10000 police last year and again 10000 this year. We are not there yet. We are not building white elephants we have to put police personnel”, Cele says.
Delivery his speech during his departments budget vote earlier this week, Cele announce that they have allocated R1,8billion to build police stations during the 2023/24 financial year. While R30million has been allocated to convert trucks into mobile community service centres.
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ACCESS TO STATIONS
Speaking in Gqeberha, Cele says access to a police station should not be a priviledge and has also allocated a budget for community policing forums.
“For the first time we have budgeted R70million for CPF’s. R6,5million is for the Eastern Cape.It’s a little bit of money but it will allow them to get tools of trade like cars etc”, says Cele.
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“Access to a responsive police service should not be a privilege but a right that we as government are working each day to achieve. Strategic deployment of resources must mean that residents of any community don’t have to walk kilometres to access police”, says the Minister.
Cele has called on the SAPS to continue to fast track accessibility to policing services for all South Africans & those who live within the country’s borders. Healso urged the community to work closely with police by becoming part of the relevant policing-community structures to assist police in addressing crime.
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