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Under-resourcing of police affects crime stats, says DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said the critical under-resourcing of the Western Cape police was taking its toll on crime levels in the province.

This was in response to the annual crime statistics released in Parliament on Tuesday.

(Also read our article: Acting WC Police Commissioner on combating rising crime stats in the province)

According to the DA's Western Cape spokesperson on community safety, Mireille Wenger, the province is the most under-resourced - with 85% of its stations being under-staffed.

Wenger said the ratio of provincial police to population added additional pressure to police work, which National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega continued to ignore.

The stations that are in most need, with the highest crime rates, have the worst ratios. It doesn't seem that resources are being allocated appropriately.

Mireille Wenger, DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Safety

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The DA said while the national police to population ratio is 1:358, stations in the Western Cape with the highest crime rates, have disproportionately low numbers of officers serving these stations.

Wenger said Nyanga, which recorded exceptionally high numbers of murders had one officer for every 1418 citizens. Khayelitsha and Harare, which also had high numbers of murders had police to population ratios of 1:1675 and 1:1702 respectively.

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