The Democratic Alliance has today submitted
a Promotion of Access to Information Act application to the South African
The DA is requesting police to population
ratio for every police station in the country with a provincial breakdown.
DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said
Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa should be able to provide this information
when asked unless he is trying to hide the failures of his department.
Barnard explained that it is perhaps because
the information would be both revealing and embarrassing.
“Because it was recently revealed in the Western Cape provincial
government by the office of the Western Cape provincial
commissioner Arno Lamoer that the police to population ratio in high crime
areas in the WC is far lower than the national average,” added Barnard.
She furthermore said that in areas with high
murder rates the ratio is over 10 000 people to a single police officer.
Barnard said that it is essential that high
crime areas have enough police officers to be on the streets and tackle crime.
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