Statement by Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety
I welcome the tabling of the Western Cape South African Police Service’s (SAPS’) Annual Report for the 2014/15 financial year in the Western Cape Legislature today.
It presents itself to be a detailed and honest reflection on policing service delivery, constraints and successes.
The information presented in the Annual Report will be closely scrutinised by the Department of Community Safety as part of our oversight mandate over policing in the province. Issues of concern will be raised with the SAPS management in our continued efforts to ensure improvement in the quality of safety service delivery the SAPS are able to provide to those living in the province.
I support the whole of society approach mentioned by Acting Provincial Police Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile today in order to successfully tackle our increasing levels of crime.
The Western Cape’s gang and drug problem will not be rooted out without effective policing in our communities or the support of our communities.
Similar support is necessary to help prevent those who attack our men and women in blue and to identify those responsible after attacks on and murder of police officers occur.
The almost doubling of the number of attacks against police officers, from 368 to 645 incidents between 2013/14 and 2014/15 is of great concern. I am calling on our communities to work with our officers and not against them.
The Department of Community Safety will continuously look at ways to help improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.
As we head into the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children period at the end of the month, a particular focus is drawn to the 265 incidents of non-compliance by the SAPS in terms of the Domestic Violence Act. I support ongoing efforts in reducing non-compliance by the SAPS and thank them for their honest reporting in this regard.
According to the National SAPS Annual Report for the same period, at least 4 provinces reported zero cases of non-compliance. The other four provinces reported incidences between a single case and 18 cases in total. This raises suspicions on the amount of under-reporting of cases by SAPS.
Some of the key indicators which my Department will continue to monitor and which I will continue to lobby for more operational resources and successes include:
Safety is everyone’s responsibility and I call on our communities in the province to work with the police, and to assist the police as they serve and safe-guard our communities. We all need to play our part to address the increased levels of crime in our communities.
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