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'ANC shouldn’t be surprised – it proposed large cuts to police budget'

23 July 2021 10:00 AM
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Democratic Alliance
SAPS
DA
Portfolio Committee on police
Police budget
Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Refilwe Moloto
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Andrew Whitfield
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Refilwe Moloto interviews Andrew Whitfield, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police.
  • The police budget will be cut by R11 billion over the next three years

  • 10 000 police officers are likely to be retrenched

  • The current deployment is costing R350 million


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Members of the Portfolio Committee on Police visited Gauteng on Thursday to see for themselves the aftermath of a week of chaotic violence and looting that left hundreds dead and thousands of businesses on their knees.

Police responded poorly because budget cuts left them helpless, Committee Chair Tina Joemat-Pettersson said after the visit.

"Last year, we were supposed to have an intake of 7000 recruits,” said Joemat-Pettersson. “This year we were expected to take new 7000 police officers. This means 14 000 job opportunities have been lost. Due to budget cuts, we were unable to take not even a single police recruit for training."

Joemat-Pettersson says the Committee will summon the security cluster ministers to account to Parliament.

Refilwe Moloto interviewed Andrew Whitfield, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police (scroll up to listen).

Whitfield is also a member of the Portfolio Committee on Police and was with Joemat-Pettersson on Thursday.

He spoke about concerns that budget cuts and a lack of resources are behind Saps’ poor response in the face of rampant looting and destruction of businesses.

It was heart-breaking to see…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

It’s important to go back to Parliament’s records to see who supported the budget cuts. You’ll find Joemat-Pettersson and the ANC supported these budget cuts, which we warned against… It should come as no surprise to the ANC that there are budget cuts because they proposed them…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

… reduction over the next three years… of R11 billion. In this financial year, we see a cut of R3.9 billion…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

The chaos we’ve seen… is a direct failure of our security cluster ministers to coordinate intelligence in order to act pre-emptively… Now we have this standoff between the Minister of Intelligence and the Minister of Police…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

The crisis within Saps is not just a case of budget, it’s a case of leadership, poor training, and, ultimately, insufficient resources…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

Over the next three years, we are likely to see more than 10 000 police officers cut from the staff compliment, and that is absolutely terrifying…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

It’s certainly time [for a Cabinet reshuffle] … We believe that Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Minister Bheki Cele should be reshuffled… The entire security cluster should be considered for a reshuffle…

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance

This deployment is costing R350 million, which Saps doesn’t have… We propose they cut the VIP budget… We’ll be asking for as much as we can get [for Saps].

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - Democratic Alliance



23 July 2021 10:00 AM
Tags:
Democratic Alliance
SAPS
DA
Portfolio Committee on police
Police budget
Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Refilwe Moloto
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
security cluster
Andrew Whitfield
saps budget

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