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1st DRAFT BUDGET SPEECH 2003/2004 Mr. Speaker Honourable Premier Honourable Members Members of the South African Police Service Representatives of Community Policing Forums Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Comrades and Compatriots. Molweni Maqabane, Dumelang. It is of cardinal importance to note the significance of the month of April in our history. Our presentation coincides with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the cowardly assassination of the late General Secretary of the South African Communist Party and a popular leader of the African National Congress, Martin Thembisile “Chris” Hani; whose assassination forced the Apartheid Regime to announce 27 April 1994 as the date on which the first democratic elections were to be held. Since then this day is been celebrated as a freedom day by peace loving South Africans. April marks the Anniversary of the deaths of the giants of our struggle- Cde. Oliver Tambo, Cde. Elias Motswaledi and Cde. Solomon Kalusha Mahlangu. Not forgetting the loss to this August House, the Free State people and South Africa at large of Cde. Senorita Ntlabathi. Their ideals will continue to guide us and the future generations. Mr. Speaker we also wish to pay tribute to the men and women in blue in our country and province who have lost their lives both in the line of duty and out of natural causes. I would like this house to note that in the previous financial year four of our police offices were killed in the execution of their duties. Their names shall always be printed with an indelible ink on the roll of honour. We will never forget. We therefore wish to take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of those members. In our midst today is Mrs. Dhlamini from Memel, one of the many widows and we want to recognize her presence here today. To all those who lost loved ones, we want to assure you that your loss is our loss. Nothing has made us more resolute and intense in our endeavors to roll back the frontiers of crime. In doing so we shall spare no effort and leave no stone unturned until they end up exactly where they belong: HA MMAMERITSHANA- SWE. NO MAKANJANI IKAMVA LABO LI MFILIBA!!! 1 In this financial year, we will be embarking on awareness campaigns throughout the province to highlight these senseless killings against our officers. We already held a Summit on Police Killings and Attacks and appeal to our people to continue to be involved in the Community Policing Forums and sector policing to help to combat crime where we live. Mr. Speaker, allow me to applaud the outstanding work done by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to achieve its objective by exposing the gross violation of human rights committed during the apartheid regime against the majority of South Africans. The TRC report as presented by the president to the joint sitting of the National Assembly will continue to serve as conscious to all generations to come not to commit acts of gross human rights violations. Despite what is been revealed by the TRC report, we have collectively embarked on a laborious process in order to turn the tide against the hatred of the Police by our people. As we are nearing the end of the first decade of democracy we look back with the sense of tribulation and triumph that indeed our democracy is deepening daily, lives of the masses improving and the culture of Human Rights being embraced by all and sundry. Our people openly embrace the SAPS as a legitimate structure to protect both limb and property. On their part our men and women in blue have showed tremendous commitment to serve our people with distinction and always being prepared to go beyond the call of duty. However, we are mindful of the fact that our mission is far from accomplished as there are many challenges lying ahead; which challenges need all of us to always be prepared to roll up our sleeves and commit ourselves to a safe and secure environment. It is in this regard that the SAPS is taking very serious measures in dealing with members whose behavior is inconsistent with their constitutional mandate. In the last financial year 825 disciplinary hearings were held out of which 273 guilty verdicts transpired, 71 not guilty, 260 withdrawn and 221 outstanding. Regarding criminal charges which including corruption and theft there were 42 cases out of which 5 members were found guilty, 29 cases are outstanding, 2 withdrawn and in 6 cases were declined prosecution. These statistics are indicative of the fact that nobody is above the law. 2 CRIME LEVELS IN THE PROVINCE The impact that crime has on the society is devastating. Crime threatens and limits: The possibility of economic growth and development; Human rights and a culture of tolerance; Opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs; and Long-term investments. This year our government will continue to employ more police officers in the effort to increase the capacity of the service. The intention is also to make sure that we have a Police Service that reflects the demographics of the province such that for example women, youths and the previously disadvantaged people are given the opportunity to take up arms against crime. Empowerment and skills development is high on the agenda to improve the capacity of the officers. Mr. Speaker we want to commend the achievements of the SAPS for having ensured that crime is stabilized in our province. Out of 20 priority crimes, the picture is as follows: 1. More policeable crimes Robbery has increased to 432 from above the national baseline of 416 Housebreaking : residential has increased to 1 803 against 1786 national target. Housebreaking: business has gone down to 428 as compared to 647 national target. 2. Crime dependent on police action Under this section, all the crimes are stable. 3. Less policeable crimes Attempted murder increased to 139 compared to 135 national target. The rest of the listed crimes are within the limit. 4. Other crimes Shoplifting has gone down to 300 as compared to 434 national target. Other theft escalated to 3 411 as against 3 306 national targets. Out of this summary, it is clear that four crimes have increased, two have decreased and fourteen have stabilized. We are therefore confident Mr. Speaker that with every fibre of our body, criminals will be put behind bars. CRIME BUSTING OPERATIONS The crackdown stations (high crime areas) have in the last financial year instituted a number of operations to ensure reduction on crime in the specific stations, inter alia: 3 STATION TOTAL NUMBER OF OPERATIONS SOUTHERN FREE STATE Park Road 555 Batho 437 Selosesha 211 Botshabelo 129 Bloemspruit 42 Kagisanong 46 TOTAL 1420 EASTERN FREE STATE Bethlehem 178 Harrismith 421 Phuthaditjhaba 110 TOTAL 709 NORTHERN FREE STATE Welkom 544 Thabong 351 Sasolburg 321 Virginia 220 Maokeng 241 Kroonstad 423 Odendaalsrus 294 Parys 35 TOTAL 2 429 ORGANISED CRIME During the period under review the SAPS have been investigating twenty five registered organized crime threats occurring provincially. Of these, eleven (11) are involved in drug related crimes, three (3) of the eleven in firearms, two (2) of the eleven in vehicle theft, eight (8) in corruption and six (6) in commercial crime. In recent times the country has witnessed a wave of reactionary activities which seeks the gains made since the advent of democracy. The vigilance shown by the SAPS in dealing with these elements in our society has confounded the pessimists and assured us that South Africa is destined for peace and stability. We therefore want to commend such sterling work. South Africa belongs to all who live in it – black and white. 4 RESTRUCTURING WITHIN THE SAPS In our quest to leave no space for criminals in our communities, the SAPS in the province has been allocated an additional 1 000 posts to both rural and crackdown stations. Thabong as a presidential station has been allocated an additional 202 posts. This brings the total strength to 404. In addition to this Mr. Speaker the national department has allocated an amount of R18 million to enhance the capacity and service delivery of the station. An amount of R20 million has been allocated to establish a safety centre at Sunrise View in Thabong. As part of the restructuring of the detective service, special units such as SANAB and Murder and Robbery units have seized to exists. These functions will be performed by the Organised Crime and Serious and Violent Crime units. Part of the personnel have been placed in Detective Branches at station level and at the Border posts to strengthen the investigative work in those areas. This, Mr. Speaker will help to curb cross border crimes such, drug trafficking, car theft, illegal immigrants, fire arms and cross border stock theft. These border crimes Mr. Speaker, there have been bilateral discussions between South African and Lesotho governments in order to work towards a collective resolution of these common crimes. In the last financial year, four major cross border operations have been launched in conjunction with the Lesotho mounted police service and had a major impact in our fight against crime. For this financial year, we shall be focusing on evaluating and monitoring an effectiveness and efficiency of police work along our borders and on our farming community. SOCIAL CRIME PREVENTION Meaningful crime prevention requires mass participation in order to be effective. Our commitment in ensuring people’s participation has yielded benefits in the past and we will continue to call upon mass participation in the fight against crime. To date we have 104 community police forums (CPF) out of 108 police stations. The process to establish sector policing continues in both rural and urban areas. As we said before: Police officers alone cannot combat crime. We once more call upon our communities to rise and assist in the fight against crime by swelling the ranks of the reservists and join the SAPS. Mr Speaker, in terms of the Departmental Strategic Plan, we will launch an annual award aimed at recognizing the best functioning Community Policing Forum in the Province. This will be done in conjunction with the SAPS and will form part of the SAPS’ annual awards. 5 We believe by awarding good conduct we encourage good service delivery. CRIME PREVENTION We aim to achieve the following crime prevention objectives In this financial year: Strengthening the functioning of the safety and security cluster Initiate and support projects that improve the integrated criminal justice system. Implement projects directed at women, children, the disabled and the elderly in conjunction with other departments and stakeholders. Ensure more user-friendly facilities at police stations and the implementation of Batho Pele principles is adhered to at all stations. Ensure that moral regeneration campaigns are implemented by all CPFs, focusing on alcohol and drug abuse and saying No to stolen goods. We will continue to interact with shebeen owners to adhere to the stipulations of the liquor law and will persuade them to declare their premises gun-free zones in order to protect their patrons. The department in the last financial year, Mr. Speaker, has identified and financed 21 victim support centers at stations in the 3 policing areas in the Province. In this financial year more Victim Support Centers will be established. Working hand in hand with the Department of Tourism, we will embark on the programmes ensuring the safety of tourists to our province. MONITORING AND EVALUATION DIRECTORATE Mr Speaker, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in Section 206 (3) and (4), and the SAPS Act 68 of 1995, inter alia, entitles the department to: Monitor police conduct, To oversee the efficiency and effectiveness of the police service including receiving reports from the police service, To promote the good relations between the police and the community, and To assess the effectiveness of visible policing. In line with these provisions, we in the previous financial year visited 60 police stations in the Province to conduct inspections and reviews as per the set targets in the FS Development Plan. Generic problems identified during these visits are the lack of human resources, lack of continuous training of members in specific fields, inadequate availability of vehicles and poor relations with communities. In some instances positive interventions from the Provincial Commissioner led to reprioritization and redeployment of resources to areas in need. 6 With the appointment of more personnel in the directorate, the Department has set a target of visiting all 108 police stations twice in the coming financial year. During these visits we will concentrate on the following: Human resource allocation, utilization and training; Distribution and redistribution of resources; Supervision and managerial capacity; Conditions of station premises; Evaluation of Police operations in urban and specifically rural areas. In order to improve the quality of policing in the province the Department identified the need to conduct a survey to determine the public’s perception of the SAPS’ service delivery. This survey was conducted at police stations’ exit polls (70%) and households (30%) respectively. It was out-sourced to a private company and was conducted over a period of four months. We have already received the report that will help us in the improvement of the service delivery of the SAPS. It will assist in the identification and development of necessary intervention strategies in order to improve service delivery by the SAPS. This type of survey will be conducted annually. ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPLAINTS CALL CENTRE A call center with a toll-free number has been established during the past financial year. The objective of this service to our communities is to give people the opportunity to raise their concerns about and/or compliment on the quality of service provided by the Police. The toll-free line operates on a 24-hour basis. We urge our communities to utilize this service as it will contribute towards improved service delivery and adherence to the Batho Pele principles by the SAPS. We today want to announce, Mr. Speaker, that the 2nd phase of the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) project is currently being implemented in Welkom and Thabong. This project will cost R4.3m and will be completed by the end of July 2003. This is a partnership between both Provincial- and Local Government and the business sector. The purpose is to use technology to assist the fight against crime. In this financial year we will endeavor to extend this project to Mangaung municipality, in particular Bloemfontein. We appeal to all stakeholders to participate in this project as to ensure its success. CRIME AWARENESS SUMMITS AND SEMINARS We have in the past year conducted summits and seminars in Thabong, Batho, Bloemfontein, Tumahole, Bethulie, Thabanchu, Botshabelo, Bochabela, 7 Phahameng, Freedom Square, Bambanani Mine Hostel in Welkom and many others. The activities were aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing communities to play an active role in assisting the police in the fight against violence perpetrated against women and children. We also wanted to go to the people in their places of residence as a way of demonstrating the commitment and support that the SAPS have to the plight of victims of violence. In the event held in Welkom, awareness on violence against women and children was linked with HIV/AIDS and human rights. This was deliberately done because mine workers are more at risk of being infected with the disease and that places their partners and families at risk as well. We therefore took it upon ourselves as the department to raise awareness about the issues and encourage people to take precautions. We will continue to accelerate these activities and campaigns during this financial year. Our target areas will be the informal settlements and farming communities. Campaigns on good relations between farmers and farms workers will be launched in consultation with all the stakeholders in the agricultural sector. Mr. Speaker, all the projects mentioned in this speech will be met through our vote of R25, 619 million that is a decrease from the previously voted amount of R83, 232 million as a result of the decentralization of security administration. Fifty one percent (51%) of this budget will go to personnel costs and thirty percent (30%) of the budget is allocated for monitoring and evaluation as well as crime prevention and community liaison projects as discussed and reflected in detail in our Strategic Plan presented before this house. The remaining 19% will be used for administrative costs. Mr. Speaker, in conclusion, at the dawn of our 2nd decade as a democracy, we have achieved much in transforming the SA police Service. We earlier pointed out that our mission is far from complete as there are many challenges lying ahead. These include the poor management at some stations, inadequate allocation of resources to stations, the transformation of the SAPS, gender equality, corruption and disciplinary problems within the ranks of the SAPS. We jointly have the key for the eradication of crime. It all depends on how much we all sacrifice ourselves in the quest. I wish to thank my Head of Department, all managers and staff, the Provincial Commissioner, his management and all our women and men in blue. Finally my in-depth gratitude goes to my dearest family. Ke a leboha. 8
"Crime Prevention And Special Projects"