Polic­ing gets largest slice

Po­lice will in­ten­sify im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ‘Back to Ba­sics’ strat­egy, aimed at im­prov­ing per­for­mance and con­duct

Financial Mail - Investors Monthly - - Budget 2017 - Michelle Gumede gume­dem@bdlive.co.za

A to­tal of R198.7bn will be de­voted to the de­fence, public or­der & public safety port­fo­lio. Spend­ing will fo­cus on fight­ing transna­tional crimes, im­prov­ing polic­ing, peace sup­port op­er­a­tions and mil­i­tary health ser­vices.

“The Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP) has un­der­lined the need for greater safety and se­cu­rity through an ef­fec­tive crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem and re­spon­sive po­lice ser­vices,” the na­tional bud­get said.

SA Po­lice Ser­vice crime statis­tics say in­ci­dents of mur­der, as­sault and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances in­creased by be­tween 2.2% and 4.9% from April 2014 to March 2016.

Po­lice ser­vices ac­count for 47.3% of the to­tal functional al­lo­ca­tion. A to­tal of R2.5bn is al­lo­cated to the de­part­ment to up­grade and main­tain po­lice sta­tions, with a fur­ther R10.2bn to pro­cure and main­tain trans­port equip­ment. Over the medium term, the po­lice will in­ten­sify im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “Back to Ba­sics” strat­egy — it is aimed at im­prov­ing po­lice per­for­mance and con­duct.

For the 2016/2017 fi­nan­cial year, R93.8bn is di­rected to the po­lice ser­vice, R54bn to de­fence and state se­cu­rity and R43.8bn will fund law courts and pris­ons.

The con­sol­i­dated three-year bud­get for the de­fence, public or­der & safety func­tion group ac­counts for 14.2% of to­tal ex­pen­di­ture. It will grow from R190bn in 2016/2017 to R225bn in 2019/2020 at an av­er­age an­nual rate of 5.8%. The de­part­ment of de­fence plans to spend R3.3bn over the next three years to safe­guard na­tional bor­ders.

Ac­cord­ing to na­tional trea­sury, the de­part­ment of home af­fairs has im­ple­mented the ad­vanced pas­sen­ger pro­cess­ing sys­tem — which ex­am­ines pas­sen­ger data to pre­vent in­di­vid­u­als who are wanted by the au­thor­i­ties, or pro­hib­ited from trav­el­ling in­ter­na­tion­ally, from en­ter­ing the coun­try. Over the medium term, R153m has been repri­ori­tised from the de­part­ment of po­lice to the de­part­ment of home af­fairs to aug­ment the base­line bud­get of R352.5m for this sys­tem to ad­just for cur­rency de­pre­ci­a­tion. Since its im­ple­men­ta­tion, 4,213 peo­ple have been pre­vented from board­ing SA-bound flights, and 3,083 peo­ple us­ing lost or stolen SA pass­ports were de­nied exit.

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