IFP Concerned About Shortage of Police in Western Cape

26 March 2014.


The IFP is very concerned about the dire shortage of police officers in the Western Cape. 


It is reported that South Africa is facing a crippling shortage of police officers, with more than 1000 vacant posts – and the Western Cape is the worst affected province. 


IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu said, “This is very concerning and disturbing. Everyone knows that the Western Cape is plagued by the scourge of gang violence and violence against children. Therefore, it is worrisome to find that the province in the greatest need of effective policing is also the province most affected by the shortage of police officers.” 


Ndlovu continued, “The small number of police officers in the Western Cape face difficulties in fighting crime and gang violence. The Western Cape has a shortage of detectives, warrant officers and sergeants. Officers there are carrying an impossibly heavy workload, with detectives handling at least 30 murder dockets a month - when they are supposed to handle only four a month.” 


The IFP urges the Department of Police to speed up the process of training and hiring police officers, especially in the Western Cape. 


Policing in the Western Cape is in crisis, with ongoing gang violence, and people (in many cases children) are getting killed every day by gangs. Our people live in fear in the Cape Flats, and police seem incapable of protecting our people from gang violence.




Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803 


Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252