Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500 CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Best of Talk
00:00 - 03:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Weekend Early
See full line-up
Best of Talk
00:00 - 03:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

CoCT Law Enforcement report reveals shocking numbers of officer attacks

28 August 2018 8:08 AM
Tags:
Safety and security head JP Smith
safety and security
Cape Town Law enforcement report

Mayco member JP Smith goes through the stats and some of the plans the City has put in place to remedy the situation.

Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says the City is concerned about the escalating number of attacks on officers.

According to the City of Cape Town's law enforcement report, the attack on officers has increased from 21 in 2016 to 59 in the last year.

Smith says now they have to deploy police officers to accompany emergency services to protect them against these criminals. This, after a team of firefighters, was attacked while responding to an emergency.

Read: City of Cape Town launches "The Safe Space" for homeless people

I think we have a problem, particularly when people attack firemen because those firemen are not armed which is why they are an easy target. This means that now officers have to ask for escorts before they can respond to an emergency.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

The City is also concerned about the escalating numbers of road offences. According to a report by the City of Cape Town, incidents of overloading have rocketed more than 100 percent - from 42 009 cases in 2016/17 to 84 572 cases in the last year.

Smith says they issue out about 2.8 million traffic fines in a year and speeding takes up a big chunk of those numbers.

He says speeding is one of the five causes of road deaths in the Western Cape. Due to an escalating number of public complaints, he says they have also increased on clamping down on overloading of minibus taxis.

Sadly the Lead SA philosophy doesn't populate to everybody and there isn't among many people that a sense of they have to be part of building the South Africa that they want.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

The report also reveals the following:

  • Protest action is up 249 percent from 265 incidents in 2016/17 to 925 in the last year.
  • Drunk driving busts are up 30 percent.
  • Cellphone impoundments are up by 20 percent from 8075 in 2016/17 to 9749 this past year.
  • Liquor impoundments up from 21 569 litres to 41 072 litres(an increase of 90 percent).

To hear the rest of the conversation with JP Smith, listen below:


28 August 2018 8:08 AM
Tags:
Safety and security head JP Smith
safety and security
Cape Town Law enforcement report

Recommended

More from Politics

cleaner-domestic-worker-house-keeper-yellow-glovesjpg

'Domestic workers struggling to access government's special Covid-19 relief'

3 July 2020 12:11 PM

Sadsawu's Myrtle Witbooi explains many domestic workers aren't UIF registered and the direct contact number is hard to access.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

shack-reerected-in-emplwenipng

Leaked City WhatsApp chat shows ordering destruction of shack again

3 July 2020 10:06 AM

A video of City of Cape Town officials dragging naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in the Mpolweni site went viral.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

masks-picjpg

Fraudsters have allegedly dipped into govt Covid-19 relief billions

2 July 2020 2:02 PM

SIU's Kaizer Kganyago says cases involve price gouging and procurement process irregularities in the health sector.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

unemployment men on side of road Zwelihle, Hermanus, Western Cape 123rf

Covid-19 Ters relief ends in June. What happens to those still not back at work?

2 July 2020 7:59 AM

UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping says they are in discussions to find a way to help those still not back at work.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Gay couple same-sex marriage 123rf

Marriage officers no longer allowed to say 'I won't' when gay couples say 'I do'

1 July 2020 2:36 PM

Director of Inclusive & Affirming Ministries (IAM) Rev Ecclesia de Lange says it is a victory for same-sex couples.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

privacygif

POPI Act takes effect from today - 1 July 2020

1 July 2020 1:46 PM

Deputy Minister Justice And Constitutional Development John Jeffreys says there is a grace period to get your ducks in a row

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200428zweligif

Zweli Mkhize: 'We could not sustain the lockdown as it was'

1 July 2020 11:51 AM

It was reported the health minister warned another hard lockdown might be necessary but it appears to be more nuanced than that.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Bribery, corruption, fraud. Pic 123rf

SIU boss vows to clean up 'grand-scale corruption' in State Attorney's Office

1 July 2020 9:30 AM

SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi says corruption includes including legal practitioners, medical practitioners, and other officials.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

national_lottery.jpg

DTI probe into claims of National Lottery corruption 'will be bigger than VBS'

30 June 2020 1:42 PM

The investigation was brought about largely by GroundUp journalist Raymond Joseph bringing the claims of corruption to light.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Deflating piggy bank with flag of South Africa. National financial crisis 123rf

South Africa's first quarter GDP drops 2%

30 June 2020 12:57 PM

Statistician-General at Statistics SA Risenga Maluleke discusses the impact of global Covid-19 travel restrictions on South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward