DA to raise crisis in Eastern Cape safety and security operations

Bobby Stevenson, MPL

Shadow MEC for Safety and Security

I will be raising the crisis surrounding SAPS vehicles and 10111 calls centres in the province in the Eastern Cape legislature on Wednesday  (2 July 2014) during questions for oral reply.

The existence of a safe environment is a key factor in bringing investment, and in turn jobs, to the Eastern Cape.

I have, on behalf of the DA in the provincial legislature, tabled a series of questions for oral reply to the new MEC for Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, regarding the shortage of vehicles for the SAPS flying squads in Port Elizabeth and East London, as well as delays that have been experienced in getting the anticipated SAPS 10111 call centres in the two cities fully operational.  For my questions, click here.

Last year a damning report was tabled in this legislature which spelled out the dysfunctional state of affairs of our emergency response centres in this province.

It also highlighted the extremely difficult working conditions that members of the SAPS are subjected to, including lack of toilets, broken furniture, outdated equipment, condemned buildings and lack of vehicles.

The department and the provincial government need to take note of the rising tide of dissatisfaction when it comes to service delivery and the high rate of crime in this province.

The department needs to pull out all the stops to ensure the SAPS are operating efficiently in reducing crime and making communities feel safe.