The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape strongly condemns the recent attacks on officials within safety and security services in the province. 2 Law Enforcement Officers, 2 Constables and 1 Warrant Officer were shot and killed during the last 2 weeks.
We extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives.
Regardless of the circumstances, whether on duty or off duty, the loss of officials within security services reduces numbers in communities and the combined efforts to fight crime. The security services risk life and limb each day to keep us safe, attacks on them should not be tolerated.
It is no secret that the Western Cape remains severely under-resourced. A recent reply to a question posed by MP Andrew Whitfield in the National Assembly revealed that the number of reservists in our country has been decreasing for nine consecutive years.
MPP Reagen Allen said: I call on Police Minister Bheki Cele to act on these findings with urgency, as we possibly await yet another damning report on safety across our country with the release of the Annual Crime Statistics on Thursday, 12 September 2019.
During 1998, the projected personnel shortage for 2001 was calculated at 54.5% and meant that the police service will only be able to satisfy half of its service demand. 15 395 of the 18 364 posts in the Western Cape were filled during 1998. 20 years later the 2017/18 SAPS Annual Report stated that 20 230 personnel are distributed in the province – a mere 1866 more than what was needed 20 years ago.
We are indeed 20 years behind in terms of addressing policing needs in the province, MPP Reagen Allen said.
The DA in the Western Cape will remain committed to fighting the chronic police under-resourcing, which has an increasingly negative impact on crime and safety in our communities and urges Police Minster Bheki Cele to bring about stability in the SAPS service in the province.