City of Cape Town – Law Enforcement/Metro Police and Traffic Services Going Backwards?

Lawenf1

Rates go up on average 12% in Constantia effective 1 July 2016. The City has five pillars for the future as set out in it’s Integrated Development Plan, the Second of which is “The Safe City”.

“Citizens need to be safe in their city. If they feel threatened by violence or crime, they can never truly access the opportunities that the city and fellow citizens offer them. However, safety is a broader issue that goes beyond policing. A truly safe city manages disasters and risks, enforces traffic regulations, and provides fire and rescue services. Safety is essential to the public enjoyment of open spaces, city beaches and nature reserves.”

Here are some facts directly from the City under the Access to Information Act.

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

  1. Staff

2013/2014: 1165                                                         2014/2015: 1043                                                  2015/2016: 1060

REDUCTION of 10% since 2014.

  1. Operational/Patrol Vehicles

2013/2014: 410                                                       2014/2015: 410                                                        2015/2016: 410

Zero %.

  1. Operational Officers

2013/2014: 718                                                       2014/2015: 773                                                          2015/2016: 753

Increase of 4.8% since 2014 but a reduction of 9.8% from 2015

METRO POLICE:

  1. Staff

2013/2014: 646                                                                          2014/2015: 638                                                               2015/2016: 647

An increase of 1 staff member. Negligeable

  1. Operational/Patrol Vehicles

2013/2014: 434                                                                         2014/2015: 434                                                                2015/2016:  438

An increase of 4 vehicles – Negligeable.

  1. Operational Officers

2013/2014: 532                                                                           2014/2015: 516                                                             2015/2016: 521

A REDUCTION of 11 officers.

TRAFFIC SERVICES:

  1. Staff Operations

2013/2014: 410                                                                           2014/2015: 426                                                            2015/2016: 430

An increase of 4.8%

  1. Operational/Patrol Vehicles

2013/2014:  427                                                                           2014/2015:  413                                                           2015/2016:  413

A decrease of 14 vehicles since 2014 (3.4%)

The City writes off 740 million a year (every year) in terms of traffic fines  (82% of all fines issued). This equates to 44% of the entire budget for the Safety and Security Directorate or approximately 10% of the entire City wide rates base forecast at 7bln for the 2016 year. 

Leave A Comment