the local government elections ahead, the political debates at the Bush radio
studious are still well under way.
it being the fourth day of political debates today’s topic was crime; what political
parties will do to prevent and decrease the crime rate in Cape Town.
submitted questions, regarding crime in their community’s and the possibility
of decreasing crime rate, for the political party representatives to address.
of the remarks received was from a Mitchell’s Plains local discussing how crime
is rife in their community and accused the DA of not doing anything about.
which, JP Smith, the DA Mayoral Safety and Security member answered:
went from a situation where we took over from the ANC with 1876 staff, we are
now sitting with over 3000 staff. We are deploying metro police on a fixed
metro police officers are deployed to one specific community and they work in
that community every day.
all agree we need more staff. But the budget is not allowing that once you’re
in council you will discover that you have massive competing crisis with electricity, and housing.
are many competitive things in council and people who sit on the outside don’t
fully appreciate this until they’re in council then they become a lot more
you are in local government you are dependent on systems in the criminal
justice system that other spheres of government control and this is a reality
and if you don’t understand that you are too ignorant to be part of this debate.
have an operational plan to continue increasing resources, you will see
incremental increases every year as wave been doing over five years but on a
stable and responsible basis that the rate payers can absorb, not wild budget
increases that the rate payers cannot deal with.”
questioned was submitted, saying “How will ICOSA deal with crime?”
Richard Cock replied “When people vote ICOSA into power we’re not making
is everyone’s responsibility, we will implement an integrated approach that is
of Safety and Security in the City of Cape Town is doing well but that
department is starved of budget. We will prioritise budget to fight crime.
would want to develop programmes where we take communities and make everyone in
the community responsible for preventing crime.
will get the City of Cape Town to develop a combative forum where we have a
unit that will deal with gangsterism and drugs.
will involve all community forums with regards to fighting crime.”
Labels: Political debates continue with crime as today's topic.