Plan to cut number of COPS UNDER FIRE
Government’s proposal heavily criticised as police admit to losing war against crime
THE recent proposal by the government to reduce the number of police officers by 3 000 has come under fire as many feel the move will affect the livelihood of South Africans as crime continues to escalate in the country.
THE PROPOSAL BY SAPS
The Police’s 2017/18 Annual Performance Plan revealed that the number of officers will decrease between 2019 and 2020.
The report claims that the police force does not expect the reduction in the number of officers to have a significant impact in its performance in the fight against crime.
However, the proposed cut down of officers came as a surprise to many as the police recently admitted to losing the war against crime.
WHAT THE POLICE SAY
The police ministry pointed out that the proposed cutting down of police officers is an issue within the SAPS and that they are opposing the plan.
”National government is in the process of cutting down on costs and government expenditure, which has also affected the SAPS, but we are working towards the assurance that no police officers are going to be cut as we already do not have enough officers,” says Vuyo Mhaga, spokesperson for police minister Fikile Mbalula.
“Our job and responsibility within the SAPS is to protect and serve the people of South Africa which is why we are going to ensure the cutting down of our officers does not happen and alternative measures are put into place.”
Vuyo says they are currently in talks with Treasury and a way forward is being proposed to ensure all parties involved find a solution and the interests of the government and the public are all met.
INCREASE IN PUBLIC VIOLENCE
Speaking to a local publication, Johan Burger from the Institute for Security Studies, said he found it strange that there was a proposal to cut down the number of police officers given the high crime rate in the country.
“We’ve had an increase in violent crimes in the last four years. All indicators are that these will increase. We’ve also seen a rise in public violence in the last decade,” he said.
He also stated that detectives were struggling to keep up with cases as they lacked capacity.
Despite the rising crime rate in the country, there is a proposal to reduce the number of police officers as part of the government’s bid to cut down on costs