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Government Working to Capacitate Police – Mashatile

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile announced on Thursday that the South African government is taking urgent steps to strengthen the country’s police force in its fight against crime.


Mashatile made this declaration in response to oral questions during a National Assembly session. He revealed that the government is actively working to increase the number of police officers in the country to 30,000 in the coming years.

According to Mashatile, the Minister of Police has already begun recruiting and training new officers, with 10,000 recruits having already graduated. Additional trainees will graduate over the next financial years, bringing the total number of new police officers to 30,000.

In order to address crowd management issues and threats resulting from them, a specialized unit known as the Public Order Policing (POP) has been created. Mashatile announced that 1,000 of the newly recruited personnel have been designated for the POP. Furthermore, the POP received an additional 4,000 members as a result of the recent recruitment drive.

The progress of the government’s crime-fighting programs has been assessed through regular meetings between President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President Mashatile, and key officials from various government departments. The Minister, Deputy Minister, and Commissioner of Police have briefed the President and Deputy President on the department’s plans to combat crime in South Africa.

One of the initiatives being implemented by the Ministry of Police is Operation Shanela, a comprehensive plan to combat crime throughout the country. This plan includes measures to clamp down on illegal mining areas, which are known to be hotspots for criminal activity.

In addition to the government’s efforts, Deputy President Mashatile recognized the importance of strong partnerships with the private sector in the fight against crime. He expressed confidence in the leadership of Minister Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale, and Commissioner Fannie Masemola, as well as the dedication and commitment of all police officers.

Mashatile also highlighted the recently launched program, “Combating Crime through Decisive Police Action and Robust Community Involvement.” He emphasized the importance of community involvement in the fight against crime and urged citizens to work closely with the police to identify and expose any corrupt or unethical practices within police stations.

Beyond his role in crime prevention, Mashatile serves as the Leader of Government Business. This role involves monitoring priority Bills and ensuring the quality of legislation submitted by the Executive for approval. To achieve this, a dedicated official has been assigned to track legislation introduced by Cabinet. Bills that fail to meet the required standards are sent back to the relevant departments for further work.

Mashatile expressed his satisfaction with Cabinet’s approval of 42 Bills on the 2023 legislative program and revealed that 22 of these Bills have already been introduced to Parliament.




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