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CoCT to allocate R535m of budget to safety & security directorate

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato said the money would be used to buy more vehicles and equipment, as well as boost personnel numbers.

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato. Picture: @CityofCT/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Tuesday announced it would allocate R535 million to its safety and security directorate for the 2019/2020 financial year.

The city’s budget will be tabled at a full sitting of council on Wednesday.

Mayor Dan Plato said the money would be used to buy more vehicles and equipment, as well as boost personnel numbers. Facilities, such as fire stations, would also benefit. The mayor said that CCTV cameras would also be installed.

Plato also announced its plans to roll-out dedicated ward-based law enforcement officers.

“Once adopted, we will be able to forge ahead with plans to deploy one dedicated law enforcement officer to each of our 116 wards in the city. This will be in addition to the existing 100 extra offices we are deploying in the neighbourhood safety team in Bonteheuwel, Valhalla Park and Bishop Lavis,” the mayor explained

Plato said once the budget was adopted, they would be able to go ahead with plans to deploy one law enforcement officer to each of the 116 wards in the metro.

He said they would receive specialised training and would work from existing city facilities within their respective wards.

It’s envisioned that they’d be deployed from December.

“The ward-based law enforcement officers will serve their communities by coordinating safety, as well as working with councillors, communities, neighbourhood watches and community policing forums.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)