Manpower shortage: AfriForum to court to compel SAPS to use resources

AfriForum

0
Manpower shortage: AfriForum to court to compel SAPS to use resources
Manpower shortage: AfriForum to court to compel SAPS to use resources

Although the SAPS pointed out on numerous occasions that it did not have the manpower and therefore ability to execute its constitutional mandate, it still refuses to use available resources such as reservists for support.

Reservists who do not complete their annual competency exercises, will forfeit their status as active reservists and therefore their competence to support the SAPS. It is the SAPS duty to ensure that the status is retained.

AfriForum brought an application in the Northern Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to compel the SAPS to ensure that reservists in Kameeldrift complete their competency exercises according to applicable legislation, including the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) and the SAPS National Instruction 3 of 2014. If the court application is granted, the SAPS will once again have access to additional members to address the manpower shortage.

“It is frustrating that the SAPS is concealing its inability to fight crime effectively with the argument that it does not have sufficient manpower, yet untapped resources exist that the SAPS simply refuses to use,” says Marnus Kamfer, AfriForum Legal and Risk Manager for Community Safety.

The SAPS is now given the opportunity to answer to the allegations contained in AfriForum application, and to explain why it fails to take the necessary steps in placing the reservists in a state of readiness.

“AfriForum will do everything possible to try and ensure the community’s safety. The fact that members of the public are disadvantaged by the SAPS inability to provide timeous and efficient services often stems from insufficient availability of SAPS members, as well as available resources that remain unused,” says Ian Cameron, AfriForum Head of Community Safety.

Read the original article in Afrikaans on AfriForum

South Africa Today – South Africa News

Related Post

Arrest after unlicensed firearm recovered, ‘... A 20 year old male suspect was arrested on the night of 25 March 2019, for the illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm at Soweto-on-Sea. This foll...
Man shot dead in Reservoir Hills hijacking At 13H45 Saturday afternoon, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a shooting on Kies Avenue in Reservoir Hills. Reports from the scene indicate that...
Two killed after shooting in Burma, Johannesburg At 19H42 Sunday evening, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a shooting on the M22 Allum Road in Bruma, Johannesburg. Reports from the scene indica...
Attackers open fire on mom and 3 teenagers, wound ... On Friday evening 22 March 2019, in Chartwell agricultural holdings, Gauteng, just after 20:06 the power went off due to load shedding. Three young bo...
Disclaimer: The views of authors published on South Africa Today are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of South Africa Today. By viewing, visiting, using, or interacting with SouthAfricaToday.net, you are agreeing to all the provisions of the Terms of Use Policy and the Privacy Policy.