Parly scrutinises public order policing resources

The portfolio committee on police says public order policing units need to be adequately resourced.

FILE. A police vehicle overturned during violent farm protests in Wolseley. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee says South African Police Service (SAPS) management has to ensure public order policing units are adequately resourced so that officers can do their jobs properly.

These units are routinely deployed to service delivery protests.

The committee visited the Mpumalanga public order policing unit in Hazyview on Wednesday to assess the situation there.

A shortage of nyalas and long delays in procuring laptops and equipment are some of the problems officers in Hazyview have to deal with.

Chairperson of the Police Portfolio Committee Francois Beukman says these issues have to be sorted out as a matter of urgency.

He says history has shown that incidents of community unrest tend to increase before a local government election and officers need all the support they can get.

The state of the building also leaves much to be desired.

The committee has promised to take up these issues with SAPS management.