Cele reveals SA’s dangerously thin blue line

Cele reveals SA’s dangerously thin blue line

The signage outside the Brixton police station is pictured, 19 September 2019, Johannesburg. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The global norm is one police officer servicing 220 people – but being ‘extremely’ understaffed, a South African cop is burdened with 375 citizens to look after.

The majority of SA’s police stations are understaffed to such an extent that they do not meet the United Nations’ (UN) recommended police-to-citizen ratio of one police officer to every 220 people, says Police Minister Bheki Cele. The current ratio in SA is one police officer to every 375 people. In a written response to a parliamentary question by Democratic Alliance (DA) police spokesperson Andrew Whitfield, Cele said 90% of police stations in four of the nine provinces do not meet the UN ratio. Only 16.1% of all SA stations meet this standard, with the worst-performing provinces being Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal...




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