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WATCH: DA takes battle for Western Cape devolution to the streets of Cape Town

The party says it has handed a memorandum to SAPS demanding that Bheki Cele scraps his plan to hijack the Cape Town Metro Police.
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DA takes battle for Western Cape devolution to the streets of Cape Town

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reiterated calls for provinces to run their own police services, with the ruling party in the Western Cape taking its fight for the devolution of police powers to the Cape Flats.

During a march in Mitchells Plain on Thursday 30 September, DA leader, John Steenhuisen, said the Western Cape province is ready to step into what he described as the failure of national government to keep communities safe.

The DA has previously highlighted that the current system of centralised control is not working.

The party is of the view that provinces will be able to better prioritise the deployment of resources to areas of greatest need as they are closer to the situation.

“Given the fact that Cape Town has one of the worst policed population rations, thanks to Minister Cele’s starving of the resources of the Western Cape, crime would be more if the city had not adopted the leaf programme, which has reduced crime significantly, now Minister Cele wants to take and get his inefficient, his ineffective and under-resourced hands on the Metro Police in the city of Cape Town and turn it into the same mess he’s turned the SAPS into.”

According to DA Shadow Minister for Finance said the party has handed a memorandum to SAPS demanding that Bheki Cele scraps his plan to hijack the Cape Town Metro Police.

Police Minister Cele has maintained that centralised command and control of the police are crucial to ensure that the fight against crime is spread out.

 

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