19 June 2019

South Africa: Make Policing a Provincial Competency in All of South Africa, Not Just the Western Cape - DA

Plans by the Democratic Alliance to have policing devolved to the provinces rather than handled at a national level will now be discussed with ANC-led provinces as well, says Western Cape Premier Alan Winde.

"Whether we like it or not, we have lost the war on crime," DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday 18 June 2019 when briefing the press in Cape Town.

The briefing was supposed to be on the state of DA-led municipal and provincial governments by Maimane, Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato and Western Cape Premier Alan Winde.

But the briefing quickly switched to the elephant in the room: The DA and its bid to have the police under provincial instead of national control.

Maimane said it had always been the view of the DA that government must be "closer to the people".

The newly elected Winde said "we've got to make this place safer... If you want an enabling environment to grow, you've got to make this place safer. Too many children have to walk to school and they've got to walk over a body on the way to school."

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