‘Lamoer’s suspension, a negative impact on policing’

MEC Dan Plato Plato says alleged corruption within the SAPS further hampers crime fighting efforts.

FILE. General Arno Lamoer arrives for his trial for fraud and corruption at Goodwood Magistrates Court on 12 June 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC, Dan Plato, said the suspension of provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer has had a negative impact on policing.

Plato delivered an analysis of the recent crime statistics at the Provincial Legislature on Thursday.

He claims 85 percent of the Cape's police stations are under-resourced.

The MEC has painted a grim picture, with murder as well as car-jacking and robberies on the rise.

Plato says alleged corruption within the South African Police Service (SAPS), especially the arrest of Lamoer on a raft of charges, including corruption and racketeering, further hampers crime fighting efforts.

"It's actually saying to the gangsters, we approve of what you are doing because we are involved ourselves."

It's been confirmed that Lamoer's contract won't be renewed when it expires in two months, but Plato remains tight-lipped on his successor.

With the police to population ratio as bad as one to 900 in some parts of the province, Plato says more manpower is needed to deal with alarming crime statistics.

Plato gave a breakdown of the provincial crime statistics based on the statistics released by the national police commissioner and minister of police last week.

Plato said the latest crime statistics show the extent to which criminal activity is escalating in the province.

He says Nyanga accounts for nearly 10 percent of murders in the province and remains the biggest crime hot spot in the Western Cape.

The MEC says Gugulethu, Delft and Mfuleni are not far behind.

"These precincts account for quite a huge percentage of all murder cases in the province. 47.7 percent for murder and 47.7 percent for attempted murder."

Plato adds that Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Kraaifontein form part of the top 10 murder spots.

He says more police officers are urgently needed.