Police spend R9.1m to keep VIPs safe but just R1.5k per citizen - DA

Police spend R9.1m to keep VIPs safe but just R1.5k per citizen - DA

- The DA accuses the ANC of caring more about keeping VIPs safe than South African citizens

- DA shadow minister of police, Zakhele Mbhele, stated that every year, R9.1 million is spent on keeping the elite safe and only R1 500 per South African

- The police are admittedly in need of better resources and more able officers

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The Democratic Alliance is not happy with the ANC. MP Dianne Kohler voiced her concern about plans of the government to cut back on police staff in order to save money. She feels it is a worrying plan since violent crime has increased in South Africa.

Furthermore, the DA shadow minister of police, Zakhele Mbhele, stated that the police is spending millions on keeping government VIPs safe and as little as R1 500 per citizen every year.

On average, R9.1 million is spent on protecting the important government officials, according to a report by The Citizen.

This has the DA saying the ANC have their priorities backwards. Mbhele feels the government is losing the battle to keep citizens safe.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele released the crime statistics for 2017/18 and things look grim.

Briefly.co.za reported that Cele revealed 20 336 people were murdered in 2017/18 - an increase of 6.9% over the last year.

Mbhele blames the government's focus on keeping the elite safe for the rise in levels of crime. He added that the police is seriously under-trained, under-equipped and under-staffed and said the government should invest money in addressing this rather than spending so much on VIPs.

Earlier, News24 reported that the police has a shortage of officers - a deficit of 62 000, to be exact. The number of police officers has lessened while South Africa's population has grown.

In 2010, there were 200 000 officers, now there are 190 000. Compared to a population of 54 million in 2010 and 57 million in 2018, it is a worrying statistic.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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