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‘Single force will create competent cops’

While the Police Ministry supports the possible merger, the DA did raise concerns.

FILE: Police officers. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Replacing the current police force with a single national force will lead to more capable officers, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said on Thursday.

The recently published Green Paper on Policing suggests metro police be merged with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Mnisi says the changes would make the force more efficient and easier to manage.

"It's better to have this approach as opposed to having disintegrated services doing the same thing."

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said the opposition party opposes the proposal.

She believes the move will lead to chaos and cause officers to lose knowledge of local areas.

"The formation of a single police service would create an additional burden to the already overburdened SAPS. It is likely that policing will become less effective and responsive at a local level."

Kohler Barnard says the move will also lead to financial and administrative problems, as well as require costly legislative changes.

"This is an unnecessary cost to dissolve what is at present a mostly well-functioning structure."