Poor areas have the least police resources
THE WESTERN Cape’s most vulnerable areas have the poorest resourced police stations, and the provincial legislature’s committee on Community Safety wants the situation addressed.
Committee chairwoman Mireille Wenger said they would hold public hearings next week to find out from locals how understaffed police stations affect their lives.
The hearings are scheduled to run from Monday to Wednesday in Cape Town, Worcester and George.
Wenger said the province “suffers from shortages of police officers”, accounting for at least 60 percent of the national shortage.
She added that 128 provincial police stations were understaffed, “which is 85 percent of our Western Cape police stations”.
“This is borne out by the very poor police-to-population ratios experienced in our most vulnerable communities,” said Wenger. The national police-topopulation ratio is one officer for every 358 people, but in Cape Town 75 percent of our police stations have fewer numbers of officers serving their communities than the national average. Twenty-one of these stations have fewer than one officer for every 500 residents of that precinct.”
“We resolved to host public hearings to understand police resourcing challenges in the Western Cape, and to address the impact that the lack of