Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
Policing in Mpumalanga is being severely hampered by a desperate shortage of vehicles and manpower, while R230 million of the national policing budget is underspent.
Media reports today revealed that the national policing budget had been underspent despite a shortage in Mpumalanga of 250 vehicles and 330 police officials. The province’s ability to investigate and prepare cases for prosecution is also under pressure, as the provincial head of detectives post has been vacant for over a year now.
With crime statistics due to be released tomorrow, the DA remains hopeful that the men and women in blue have enjoyed some success, and we can only speculate over how effective policing in Mpumalanga could have been had some of the underspent funds been channelled to the province to address the resource crisis
The DA will submit questions to safety and security MEC Vusi Shongwe asking why police officials are expected to tackle crime without sufficient vehicles and staff, despite the funds being available to provide the necessary equipment.
We will also ask our colleagues in Parliament to put similar questions to police minister Nathi Mthethwa, also asking him to re-prioritise those underspent funds to Mpumalanga.