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‘Funds for safety promotion not adequate’

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“For years the department reports funding to monitor and implement the Northern Cape Provincial Crime Prevention Strategy, which to date has not been implemented yet.”

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THE DA Northern Cape provincial spokesperson for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Priscilla Isaacs, believes that the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison has an obligation to intervene to resolve the increasing high levels of gender-based violence, substance abuse and violent crime, despite financial constraints.

“The majority of murders in the Province happen over weekends during misunderstandings and arguments. In 43.1 percent of these murder cases the weapon of choice remains a knife,” Isaacs pointed out.

“For years the department reports funding to monitor and implement the Northern Cape Provincial Crime Prevention Strategy, which to date has not been implemented yet.”

Isaacs believed that the R3.6 million allocated for safety promotion was not adequate.

“This is not enough, because our youth are still enslaved by alcohol abuse and remain the bulk of the victims and perpetrators of crime, while gender-based violence continues to take place. It is greatly disturbing that EPWP safety participants are halved for this financial year.”

Isaacs added that the department continued to be plagued by unauthorised expenditure and unspent allocation grants.

“The department also indicated that, in order to make our roads safer, the ideal number of traffic officers in the Province should be 300 instead of the 106 officers employed. Ten out of 20 posts were approved for funding for this financial year.

“The budget for transport regulations provides for the biggest allocation towards the compensation of employees. At this rate, the current need for traffic officers will only be met in 18 years.”

She stated that the department needed to secure additional funding from provincial Treasury to fill critical public servant positions.