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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!!!




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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.




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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:


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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.




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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.




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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.




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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,



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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.




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