De Lille: City of CT will challenge police’s White Paper in court

Patricia De Lille says plans to absorb the metro policing structures will hamper crime fighting efforts.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: www.capetown.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city will challenge the police's White Paper in court to retain the metro police service.

De Lille explains if the national policing policy is given the green light to abolish metro law enforcement structures, the municipality will take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

Speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town today, the Mayor claims input from both local and provincial government has been ignored during the public participation process.

De Lille says plans to absorb the metro policing structures will hamper crime fighting efforts, which she says are already strained under a poorly-resourced national police service.

"We don't support one size fits all crime fighting strategy because crime differs from area to area. Especially when we focus as the city on social crime prevention."

If implemented, the policy will centralise the South African Police Service, making metro police chiefs accountable to the national commissioner and not municipal authorities.

The move will also absolve mayoral committee members of their oversight functions of metro police departments.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith have also raised concerns over these proposals.

The Bill will be brought before Parliament for discussion in March next year.