ANC: DA spends less than 1% on WC community safety

The ANC claims since its 2009/2010 financial year, the most the province spent on community safety is 0.9.

FILE: The DA office has written off the ANC’s claims as electioneering. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA)- run province of spending less than one percent of its budget on community safety.

The party claims since its 2009/2010 financial year, the most the province spent on community safety is 0.9 percent.

The ANC believes it's not enough to fight the scourge of gang violence.

The ANC says the province's plans to tackle gangsterism are not working because too little is spent on crime fighting.

The ANC says according to the provincial treasury budget, R292 million of the total R55.5 billion budget was spent on community safety.

In the previous financial year, 0.45 percent of the province's total budget of R52 billion was awarded to community safety.

The ANC says over the past eight years, the province has spent just over R2 billion of a budget of over R338 billion on the department.

Premier Helen Zille's office has written off the ANC's claims as electioneering, saying policing is a national competency with the province only having an oversight role.