Bheki Cele had pledged the sum of R100 million to ‘the most dangerous police stations in the country’, following the release of the latest crime stats by SAPS. The top 30 regions for ‘community-reported crimes’ will be expected to use the cash to turn their fortunes around.
Police Minister promises R100 million war-chest to fight crime
The funds will be divided proportionally between the stations. What is more, there is a high-risk incentive for each local station commander. The Police Minister has revealed that a failure to take their area out of the top 30 will result in a DISMISSAL.
It’s tough talk from Bheki Cele, but he seems ready to back it up with appropriate action. The fourth-quarter crime stats were an absolute shocker, with incidents of almost every major crime – including murder, rape, and carjacking – rising rapidly.
Cele acknowledged there would be budgetary challenges – but he is adamant that this R100 million gamble will pay off.
“There are 30 top most dangerous police stations in the country. They will receive R100 million between them. The station commanders will have to give some time to get out of this top 30. If they can’t, station commanders will have to get out. We are trying to work on resources.”
Full list: Where are the most dangerous police stations in South Africa?
In total, 26 of the 30 most dangerous police stations are based in either the Western Cape, Gauteng, or KZN. Cape Town Central tops the rankings, following a 54% surge in reported crimes. Honeydew in Gauteng and Durban Central in KZN make up the top three.
Johannesburg Central and Mitchells Plain are fourth and fifth respectively, whereas the towns of Phoenix (KZN), Rustenburg (North West) and Worcester (Western Cape) make it into the top 10. Gauteng has recorded the highest number of districts on the list, with 12 in the top 30.