by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
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Date: 11 September 2018
The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is urgently appealing to Northern Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Rismati Shivuri, to ensure that more and better resources are allocated to police stations so that the safety of the people of this province can be secured.
This comes amidst the release of the annual crime stats today that have once again confirmed what the people of the Northern Cape already know – that they are unsafe in their homes, their cars and their places of work.
The constant upward trend in the number of robberies and car jackings in the Northern Cape is very unsettling. Few people can afford to put up devil’s fork fencing, electric fences and install alarm systems. Instead, they are sitting ducks for criminals. In fact, a reply to a parliamentary question by the Minister of Police recently revealed that whilst the government spends R9,1 million on VIP services to safeguard a single politician, the government spends only R1500 to protect the citizens of South Africa. Safety has been reserved for politicians.
Safety is meant to be a basic right, not a luxury. Yet SAPS has, in many instances, become a mere spectator to crime. It records incidents of criminality but cannot prevent crime thorough visible policing or adequately address crime by way of ensuring that perpetrators are arrested and successfully tried in courts of law.
A recent inspection of the police station in Ritchie revealed how a dire lack of police vehicles prevents the police from attending to emergency call outs and following up on cases. This is the situation everywhere.
Mounting levels of crime in the Northern Cape, from robbery with aggravating circumstances to sexual assault, drug related crime and stock-theft, are the effect of chronic under-training, under-staffing, under-resourcing and under-equipping (the four U’s) of the South African Police Services (SAPS).
A well coordinated and urgent effort by SAPS is urgently required if the police are ever to take back their hold on crime. We need more police officers, better training and additional vehicles in the Northern Cape. Without these basic crime fighting tools, crime will continue to destroy the freedoms which South Africans deserve.
Ordinary citizens, not just high ranking politicians, should be able to go about their day to day lives without the constant fear of pending crime.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that the safety of our people is secured with an effective, well-resourced and adequately capacitated police service that can protect us and our children from the increasing horrors of crime.