Speech on the on the Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Police on their 2022/23 Annual Report of the South African Police Service (SAPS)
Speech by ACDP MP, Rev Kenneth Meshoe

Issued by the ACDP Parliamentary Media Office

SAPS failure to reduce criminality is greatly concerning

Nov 7, 2023

House Chairperson,

The failure of SAPS to drastically reduce criminality in our country to ensure that citizens feel safe, especially in their homes, is of great concern to the ACDP.

We are also concerned by reports of criminals who are targeting churches and robbing unsuspecting and vulnerable congregants.

The ACDP calls on government to increase the Police budget, to make it possible for more Police to be recruited and result in more visibility on the ground and even around places of worship.

Although the Department spent 100 per cent of its budget, it achieved only 67 per cent of its target.

Sadly, even though Crime Intelligence achieved all of its KPIs, Zama Zamas have created no-go areas around thousands of abandoned mines and copper thieves have added unnecessary power outages to the burden of loadshedding at the cost of about 5 to 7 billion Rands a year.

The efficient Auditor-General did her job well but the Department did not manage to investigate cases of irregular expenditure, let alone discipline the guilty parties.

As the committee has repeatedly pointed out, the internal findings made by the AGSA, especially as the lack of adherence to legislation and internal controls are of great concern.

If the Department of Police does not care enough to prevent, investigate and punish corruption, those who do it will continue to do so.

Honourable Members, visible policing is hampered by an increase in the police vs population ratio … [time expired].

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