Cape Forum in support of Policing transferal to the WC Government
The newly-established civic organisation, Cape Forum has voiced its support for policing powers to delegate to the Western Cape Government
The provincial government has in recent years been calling for SAPS powers to be handed over to local officials alleging that national policing is failing to ensure residents’ safety.
Cape Forum’s Executive Chairperson Heindrich Wyngaard has said: ‘’Even if, as a civil society organisation who speaks for communities, even if we want SAPS power to be devolved to the province, ultimately it is the people of the province who have to decide whether they support or don’t support it. We will then see if the support of the community’s Cape Forum is aiming to become the largest, if most relevant, civil society organisation,”however
Police Minister Bheki Cele has criticised the Western Cape Government for it’s call of wanting to take control of the running of SAPS in the region, saying the province is wasting its time
“The last call I read is that the provincial police must be given to the province, there is nothing called the provincial police, that’s why they are called South African Police Sevice. Don’t waste time and energy, let’s work on how to strengthen if there are weaknesses, so let’s work and move forward with the South African Police."
Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi