Andrew Louw, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Leader
The Democratic Alliance wishes to congratulate the SAPS in the Northern Cape for maintaining good police visibility in the province.
Research conducted by the South Africa Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) indicates that Gauteng, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape have the largest proportions of households who see uniformed or working police officers at least once a day at 59%, 55% and 63% respectively.
There can be no denying that a highly visible police presence serves as a deterrent to criminals and is necessary for serious and violent crimes to decrease. Good police visibility also makes citizens feel safer in the areas that they live and work.
The size of the police service is thus a matter of importance, especially because of the extraordinarily high levels of crime in South Africa and because our officers face greater workloads than practically any other police service on the planet. For this reason, we need to ensure that we have a large enough contingent of police officers to deal with these workloads. At the same time, however, it is also essential to note that more police officers will not automatically solve crime problems in South Africa, and we need to ensure that all new and current SAPS officers receive proper training.