Western Cape SAPS worst affected by staff shortages

It's emerged Western Cape police recruited just over 1,200 new officers between 2015 and 2016.

Western Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula. Picture: Cindy Archillies

CAPE TOWN - National police management has acknowledged the Western Cape has been the worst affected by policing resource shortages in the country.

Led by Western Cape Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula, officials are briefing the provincial legislature's standing committee on community safety on resource allocation.

It's emerged Western Cape police recruited just over 1,200 new officers between 2015 and 2016.

The Western Cape has more than 17,000 operational police officers.

This is 6.3% less than the number needed for crime-fighting to be effective.

The police's major-general Jack Makgatho says: "We discovered that the Western Cape has been hit by short-staffing."

Committee chairperson Mireille Wenger, however, says the situation is dire.

“We can see we have 700 less officers than we did four years ago. We’ve been on oversight visits and saw that there are 50 less officers in Manenberg compared to 10 years ago.”

Police have also told MPLs a further 251 recruits and officers are currently undergoing training to be deployed to various units in the province.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)