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South Africa on the brink of a police crisis? – South Africa News Brief – Nov 10, 2022


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Cape Town – Is South Africa facing a police crisis?

The demand for the South African Police Service (SAPS) has increased beyond what the police can provide, BusinessTechnology reports. This comes after Police Minister Bheki Cele spoke during a parliamentary question-and-answer session detailing a lack of financial resources affecting SAPS’s ability to provide police services. “The current capacity of the SAPS… requires substantial additional resources. Continued prioritization of available resources is therefore a requirement to address the most critical needs of South Africans, which is limited by available resources,” Cele said. . Budget constraints have capped just 15,000 new police recruits eligible for training over the next three years. This total will not be enough to offset the number of officers leaving the service for retirement. “The Police Law workforce has aged significantly, with a reduction of more than 30,000 within the 39 and under age group, that is, from nearly 90,000 in 2011/12 to just over 59,000 Law Enforcement employees. of Police today still in that age group”. SAPS said.

Report into Racism at Stellenbosch University publishes its findings

A report by a commission headed by retired judge Sisi Khampepe has published its findings on allegations of racism at Stellenbosch University. Eyewitness News reports.

The commission, which began its work in June this year, recommended, among other considerations, that the university’s leadership allocate more resources to its transformation office.