Visible Policing in Edenvale/Bedfordview more than 50% Under Resourced

We the undersigned residents call on the Minister of Police Bheki Cele and the Portfolio Committee on police and are requesting urgent intervention in this matter by seeking more visible police officers in Edenvale/Bedfordview area. Through several questions, the Minister of Police Bheki Cele has finally admitted to the crippling shortages faced by our Police Stations. The Statistics below highlights the gravity of the situation. Police Station, Current number of Visible Police and Shortage of Visible Police: Edenvale: Current Number: 32 Shortage: 32 (50%) Sebenza: Curent Number:17 Shortage:12 (41%)  Bedfordview: Current Number: 24 Shortage:32 (57%). It is little wonder that crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape, carjacking, burglary of residential premises and drug-related crimes all saw an increase. Despite our crime rate being at unacceptably high levels, the Minister of Police, in his reply to DA Deputy Chief Whip and Member of Parliament (Mike Waters) stated that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently unable to fulfil the requirement of two vehicles per sector for visible policing, due to a shortage of resources. International standards state that there should be one police officer for every 220 residents. However based on this calculation, the SAPS is currently 44 000 officers short, and to add insult to injury, government cut 1000 SAPS positions in the last financial year, and will cut another 1000 posts this financial year. This, when crime is out of control. We need more professionally trained police officers not less. We cannot allow this dire situation to continue where our women and children, in particular, live in fear of being raped and murdered. What we need are professionally trained police patrolling our streets 24 hours a day in order to combat the scourge of crime.   

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