Calls for more police in FS

South Africa Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: Bongani Shilubane/African News Agency(ANA)
The DA in the Free State is calling on Police Minister, Bheki Cele, to hire more police officers and ensure that police stations across the province are adequately equipped.

The party says this is after his parliamentary reply indicated that over 70% of Free State police stations do not meet the United Nations (UN) recommended standards.

The DA in the province says it is unacceptable that police stations in the province – and across the country – are understaffed whilst crime statistics indicates an increase in criminal activities.

The latest Stats released by Cele before the Police Portfolio Committee earlier this month, painted a bleak picture of a South Africa plagued by high contact crimes such as murder and sexual offences.

The 2018/19 crime stats indicated that between April last year and March this year 21,022 people were killed, which is an increase of 686 murders – meaning about 58 murders a day. Sexual offences are also on the rise having increased by 2,312 cases or 4.4%.