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Extra R2,4bn to improve country's police force

By unknown | Feb 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thomas Mclachlan

Thomas Mclachlan

Total budget allocation for police, prisons and courts for 2007/08 has exceeded expectations, with finance minister Trevor Manuel allocating an extra R2,4billion to improve the police force in South Africa.

Manuel acknowledged the urgent need to decrease crime and quoted president Thabo Mbeki's statement that while the government had surpassed its goal of 152000 police officers, "the impact of this is not yet high enough".

Manuel said that since 2003 safety and security allocations had increased 43percent and that over the next three years the department would see a further 34percent increase, from R33billion last year to R44billion in 2009 and 2010.

"By 2010 we will have close to 190000 police officers on our streets," Manuel said.

This will increase to 193000 specifically for the World Cup.

Manuel said that part the R2,4billion allocated to improving police services would go to the implementation of fingerprint technology and upgrading forensic equipment over the next three years.

The minister turned his attention to white collar crime, saying "we also need to insist that honesty and integrity are core values of our economic and financial institutions. We continue to see instances of flagrant abuse of this principle, often involving millions of rands".

The minister instructed public institutions such as the Financial Services Board, the Financial Intelligence Centre and the South African Revenue Service to "work collaboratively" with police in dealing with corporate crimes.

To assist in the criminal prosecution process, it was announced that the justice department would receive a further R1,5billion over the next three years "to improve court capacity, reduce case backlogs and modernise the administration of justice", said Manuel.

He said that R270million had been earmarked to improve the capacity of the Special Investigations Unit and the Legal Aid Board.


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