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'SA police officers in poor communities are being set up to fail by management'

NGOs challenged the SAPS allocation guide, claiming the share of resources to poor communities is skewed.

Two Golden Arrow busses were set alight during protests in Nyanga on 1 September 2014. Picture: @lama_benge via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Nyanga Community Policing Forum says it believes officers in poor communities are being set up to fail by police national management because stations are under-resourced.

The Western Cape High Court yesterday ruled in favour of the forum to join a court application by the Social Justice Coalition and Equal Education.

The NGOs are challenging the South African Police Services allocation guide, claiming the share of resources to poor communities is skewed and setting up officers to fail.

The forum will now hold an executive meeting to support and vote on the resolution.

Nyanga CPF chairperson Martin Makhasi says, "We don't doubt it that at any given stage the commitment of the South African police, provincial management, the station managers and their teams, including the cluster commanders.

"But we feel that it's the system that are not allowing them to be able to deliver."

Makhasi says the forum is not against the police.

"By joining this case basically we're crying to assist the police to ensure that they're able to deliver on their expected outcome."