Western Cape premier Alan Winde announced a R 1 billion safety plan which will add 3,000 new law enforcement and metro police officers.
Alan Winde described the plan as “the most comprehensive and most expensive” in the province’s history.
The R1bn-a-year project will include an early childhood development plan for 10,000 at-risk youngsters which will support them and their caregivers from “conception to two years old”.
Unveiling the plan on Thursday during an event at Cape Town Stadium, Winde said every member of his provincial cabinet would have a safety responsibility.
This safety plan includes both a law enforcement and a violence-prevention component. This is because we know that boots on the ground are not enough. Violence starts at home and in our communities, said Winde
They would be responsible, among other things, for addressing spatial design and environmental conditions which were factors contributing to violent crime.
This was an attempt to halve the Western Cape’s murder rate, which stood at 60 per 100,000.
Winde said Cape Town would recruit and train the new officers, the first 1,000 of whom would be deployed by the end of the year.
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