Police Day costs are 'not true'

THE DA's figures on the cost of national Police Day is "in no way or form true", the national police commissioner's spokesperson said yesterday.

THE DA's figures on the cost of national Police Day is "in no way or form true", the national police commissioner's spokesperson said yesterday.

"I have no idea where those figures came from," Nonkululeko Mbatha said. "This day was carefully planned with everything taken into account. We are taking these members to Bloemfontein because they deserve a morale booster.

"Yes, there's going to be 50000 officers in attendance, but does the DA know that we have 188000 officers in South Africa? They speak about accommodation, accommodation for what? This is a one-day event."

The DA alleged that the celebration could divert 50000 officers from active duty and cost millions.

The DA's Dianne Kohler-Barnard said the celebration would keep "one in every three (police officials) in the country away from active duty for three days".

She said at Langa police station in Western Cape, for instance, the event would apparently leave 20 of the station's 80 active officers on duty.

"We understand 650 officers from Port Elizabeth will be sent to the event. Gauteng stands to lose more than 10000 officials, and Western Cape about 6500 officials," Barnard said.

In terms of costs, she said it would cost about R420 per officer for transport to and from Bloemfontein, which would bring the total cost of transport to about R21million. Meals could cost about R7,5million.

The event takes place on Friday. - Sapa

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