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Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

The official opposition has criticised Finance Minister Trevor Manuel for saying the police are not under-resourced.

The DA also took the opportunity to slam Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula for not releasing statistics on the situation.

The DA's safety and security spokesman Dianne Kohler Barnard asked yesterday how Manuel could answer questions about police resources when Nqakula has refused to do so publicly.

"Clearly there is a problem with resources," Kohler Barnard said. "It seems that the minister is trying to hide the situation from us."

Manuel said in parliament on Wednesday that people should stop "repeating the lie that police were underpaid in South Africa, or that they did not have enough vehicles".

Manuel, along with his other cabinet colleagues, earns close to R800000 a year, but a policeman at entry level earns about R57000 a year.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union's spokesman Boiki Tsudu has said that a police officer at entry level is underpaid.

But he agreed that the police force did not use their resources properly in the fight against crime.

In August, a DA parliamentary question revealed that about 30 294 police officers - a third of all officers - do not have bullet-proof vests.

In a survey conducted by the DA in Gauteng in August, most police officers interviewed said that a lack of transport was the reason that they could not respond to calls quickly.


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