The Department of Police will receive allocations totalling R597m in the 2017-18 financial year and 2018-19 financial year, to support the South African Police Service in implementing the Marikana commission’s recommendations on public order policing. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the provisions for the police department during his 2017 budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. The Marikana shooting, where 47 people were killed (34 of whom were miners) during a wildcat strike on Lonmin’s mining operations in the North West in 2012, cast public scrutiny on the training of the police tasked with managing crowds. "The department is developing a plan to expand public order policing to support the implementation of the recommendations of the Marikana commission of inquiry. Allocations of R242m in 2017-18 and R355.8m in 2018-19 were approved by Cabinet in the 2016 budget for this purpose," the budget’s estimates of national expenditure read. "This explains the increase of 7.9%...

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