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‘It’s sabotage,’ says Zille over Cape police deployment

The WC premier has questioned the way in which police resources are being utilised in the province.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has described the apparent unequal deployment of police officers in the province as an act of sabotage.

In a hard-hitting statement, Zille has questioned the way in which police resources are being utilised in the Western Cape, compared to other provinces.

Zille says Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has been in contact with the provincial commissioner's office to relay concerns about police deployment in Manenberg.

Zille states residents have told department officials visible policing has dwindled.

At the same time, she says provincial government officials are concerned police don't have what it takes to combat gangsterism in Manenberg.

Zille explains staffing ratios are unbalanced as a single police officer services more than 500 Manenberg residents.

She has urged Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to respond urgently to the staffing crisis

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