CoCT Law Enforcement report reveals shocking numbers of officer attacks

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.

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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).

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