WC SAPS ombudsman set for August launch

The Western Cape premier made the announcement during her State of the Province address.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Police Ombudsman will be established in August, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Friday.

The body will investigate reports of police corruption.

Zille made the revelation in her State of the Province address in the Cape Town CBD earlier in the day.

The premier says the Western Cape Community Safety Act was passed in 2013 and allows for an ombudsman and advisory council to be set up.

"Other provisions of the act include neighbourhood watch accreditation and strengthening. The police forum structures will be fully implemented during 2014/2015 financial years."

She also accused the ANC of distorting facts and figures to back claims of service delivery.

Zille says ANC claims that it built more homes in a year when it was in power than the DA did is absolute nonsense.

She said the Western Cape had the best story to tell.

ANC members heckled and jeered the premier at every opportunity during her speech.

But she continued delivering her speech on several projects, highlighting job creation, housing and a better economy in the Cape over the past few years.

"I believe that in the Western Cape, we are making progress in realising the dream that we all shared in 1994."

ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman is not convinced, saying it is an election speech.

"It is a speech to affirm a very small white interest in terms of the economy."