The Western Cape government said that it would prioritize crime-fighting in the next five years.
Earlier this week, Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier tabled his medium-term budget for the 2021/2022 financial year.
More than R2.3 billion has been set aside to fight crime the Western Cape.
The Western Cape Legislature has welcomed the multi-billion rand safety budget for the Western Cape.
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Community Safety, Reagan Allen, said that R750 million would be spent on employing 500 additional law enforcement officers.
“The government will do this basically by improving the effectiveness of policing strengthening protective factors against violence as well as increasing safety in priority areas and public spaces.”
R23 million would be spent on opportunities for at-risk youth individuals in high-crime areas.
A further R4.7 million will be budgeted to strengthen area-based safety operations in communities across the province.
In other news – Sad moments: Inside actor Menzi Ngubane’s memorial service
It was an afternoon filled with emotionally-charged tributes as those close to the late Menzi Ngubane gathered at the Assemblies Of God Sandton Church on Thursday for a memorial service fit for acting royalty.
Actors Thapelo Mokoena and Ayanda Borotho were the MCs of the day and began the programme with a moment of silence in Menzi’s honour. Learn More