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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


UDM OBJECTION TO SAPS BUDGET AND ADJUSTMENT

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY

The UDM, though supporting the budget adjustment of the SAPS, objects to the reduction of R286 million in crime fighting.  A substantial reduction of this nature against the background of the unacceptable high crime figures is simply not justifiable.
This becomes even more alarming against an increase of R317 million for administrative costs.

The primary task of the SAPS is to combat crime and to protect the lives and property of all the citizens of South Africa.  It is thus not logical that the budget is cut where it affects the performance of the SAPS the most.

The Department projects that approximately 2,400 staff members of the SAPS will leave the Service in the next few months.  In light of Commissioner Selebi’s comment to the Portfolio Committee today that effectively only 80,000 SAPS staff are involved in combating crime, and that we need to build a more visible and stronger policing arm, the UDM is concerned about this projected loss.  Greater clarity is needed as to where these 2,400 people are in the police structure and how their departure will affect combating crime.

The UDM supports the acknowledgement that we need a bigger SAPS. The UDM has asked for 20,000 more constables so that we can enhance visible policing, in order to deter criminals and stop crime before it happens.

ENQUIRIES:
ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK

9 NOVEMBER 1999

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