The Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato announced on Wednesday that the city will allocate an additional R165.2 million towards safety and security in the Cape Metro.
Plato said “When I was elected as mayor in November, I committed to visiting our communities and hearing first-hand what they wanted from the City of Cape Town. The response was not unexpected due to the limitations placed on policing in this city by the national government.”
Plato said the funds will help increase police visibilty in vulnerable communities and some of the money will be invested in fire stations among other initiatives.
The Democtratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed this move.
Bonginkosi Madikizela,DA’s Western Cape Provincial leader said “I am extremely pleased to see the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town partnering to allocate an additional R165.2 million towards safety and security in the Cape Metro. This will mean approximately 100 extra law enforcement officers and almost 40 additional vehicles serving our city.”
The budget adjustment is expected to be tabled during a full sitting on Thursday.