Police management claims crime-fighting resources are adequate
National police management claims resources in Khayelitsha and Nyanga have increased over the past several years.
CAPE TOWN - National police management claims resources in Khayelitsha and Nyanga have increased over the past several years.
This is contained in Equality Court papers filed in a response by the South African Police Service to a legal
challenge by the Social Justice Coalition and other non-governmental organisations.
They claim policing resources are inadequate and don't appear to have had much of an impact on reducing crime.
In court papers filed almost two months late, Major-General Leon Rabie, head of police strategic management, argues that there’s no evidence that more police resources will reduce crime.
He acknowledged under staffing at numerous police stations, but has rejected a notion that shortages contribute to lawlessness.
Rabie says even if more officers were deployed, serious crimes like murder often occur behind closed doors.
He adds policing should not be solely left to police service officials as local and provincial government should also play a role.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)