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
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
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.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms
Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252