Mthethwa: WC has insufficient manpower

Nathi Mthethwa says metro police from all provinces except the WC have been training with SAPS.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the Western Cape will soon be the only province with insufficient manpower within its policing service.

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster yesterday visited areas deemed high risk during the elections.

The police minister did a walk about in areas like Manenberg and Nyanga and said he was confident there will be no security fears on election day.

Mthethwa said metro police officers from all provinces except the Western Cape have been training with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

"Out of the 956 members of metro whether in EThekwini, Ekurhuleni or Tshwane and that includes members of SAPS who are not trained are now trained."

Mthethwa has guaranteed tight security and sufficient policing during the 7 May elections.

He said high risk areas will require a strong police presence on 7 May.

"If it's a low risk area,we'll have two officers, if it's medium we'll have six officers and if it's a high risk area we'll have six officers at minimum."

Police patrols have increased in Manenberg in recent months due to ongoing gang warfare.