SA’s peace and security functions will have spending growth of 5.2% over the medium term, the budget tabled by finance minister Malusi Gigaba shows.The peace and security functions are defence and state security, police services, law, courts and prisons, as well as home affairs.Home affairs has been given the smallest piece of the pie — just R7.9bn — while the expenditure budgeted for police services goes up from R93.7bn in the revised budget of 2017/2018 to R99.1bn for 2018/2019.The justice cluster was eroded by former president Jacob Zuma in his almost two terms in office. The National Prosecuting Authority has been accused of colluding with Zuma to keep him from facing criminal charges, elite crime fighting unit the Hawks was rendered toothless and the state security agency was said to be using its powers to fight political battles.As part of the efforts to improve access to court, the budget reprioritised R121m to the department of justice & constitutional development. This amou...

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