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Cele: SAPS to withdraw application to appeal ruling on WC police resources

Last month, the Equality Court found that the allocation of policing resources in the province is discriminatory against black and poor people.

FILE: Minister of Police Bheki Cele. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele has told CapeTalk that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has decided to withdraw its application to appeal a court ruling over police resources allocation in the Western Cape.

Last month, the Equality Court found that the allocation of policing resources in the province is discriminatory against black and poor people.

On 10 January, the SAPS filed papers to appeal the ruling.

But now, Cele says this application has been withdrawn: "What we'll be waiting for is what the judge says we must fix. The issue has been withdrawn from our side."

Meanwhile, SAPS' decision to accept an Equality Court ruling on police resource allocation in the Western Cape has been welcomed.

Cele explains the SAPS agrees with the Equality Court ruling which found a problem with resource allocation in the Western Cape.

"Because we concur with the outcome put by the judge to say there is a skewed way of resource allocation in the African areas. Not just the Western Cape, but nationally."

Axolile Notywala from the Social Justice Coalition, an applicant in the matter, is cautiously optimistic.

"We will write to them to get written confirmation that they are withdrawing their appeal because SAPS, and the deputy minister have done this before, saying they're not going to challenge us but they went further to challenge us in court."

Another applicant in the matter Equal Education has also welcomed Cele's revelation.