New Saps recruits to be deployed to CT’s gang-stricken areas

Police chief Khomotso Phahlane says 5,000 new Saps recruits will be deployed to assist in combating crime.

Saps officers pray before an operation in Cape Town's CBD on 21 April. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says 5,000 new South African Police Service (Saps) recruits will be deployed to assist in combating crime in gang-stricken areas in the Western Cape.

Earlier this week Western Cape Premier Helen Zille questioned the way in which police resources are being utilised in the province compared to other provinces.

In a statement, Zille said provincial government officials are concerned police don't have what it takes to combat gangsterism in Manenberg.

Phahlane addressed officers ahead of an operation yesterday at the station deck in the City Centre.

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He says staffing can't simply be improved overnight.

Phahlane adds there are financial challenges.

"The country has got some limitations as far as finances are concerned, and the South African Police Service happens to be not a private army but a government department which draws its resources from the same coffer as government."