DEFENCE, PUBLIC ORDER, SAFETY: Policing gets largest slice
Police will intensify implementation of the ‘Back to Basics’ strategy, aimed at improving performance and conduct
A total of R198.7bn will be devoted to the defence, public order & public safety portfolio. Spending will focus on fighting transnational crimes, improving policing, peace support operations and military health services."The National Development Plan (NDP) has underlined the need for greater safety and security through an effective criminal justice system and responsive police services," the national budget said.SA Police Service crime statistics say incidents of murder, assault and robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by between 2.2% and 4.9% from April 2014 to March 2016.Police services account for 47.3% of the total functional allocation. A total of R2.5bn is allocated to the department to upgrade and maintain police stations, with a further R10.2bn to procure and maintain transport equipment. Over the medium term, the police will intensify implementation of the "Back to Basics" strategy — it is aimed at improving police performance and conduct.For the 2016/2017 finan...