The Democratic Alliance welcomes the SAPS recruitment drive for police reservists that is now taking place in the Eastern Cape. An advertisement was placed The Herald yesterday (subs: Thursday, 17 Nov) calling for people to join the police reservists.
I appeal to members of the public to come forward and volunteer. Let’s join hands to make our communities safer.
This step is long overdue. The DA believes that fighting crime is a partnership between the community and the police. The SAPS alone can never win the war against crime. We need more boots on the ground and greater community participation is part of the solution.
In January this year, the MEC for Safety and Liaison, Wiziwe Tikana, dismissed the DA’s call in the media for such a recruitment drive. She had stated in a reply to a legislature question I asked, that there were 1 739 reservists in 2014/15 and 2 031 in 2015/16. For my statement and the reply, click here: da-eastern-cape-media-statement-bobby-stevenson
For the article in the Daily Dispatch, dated 20 January 2016, click here: daily-dispatch-20-jan-2016
The DA believes in a safe province which means we need high visibility policing, good detective work and crime intelligence so criminals can be nailed and jailed.
I will be asking follow-up questions to the MEC about the implementation and outcome of this recruitment drive.
The DA wants to see streets of our province safe for children to play in, women to walk in and businesses to operate in.
An enhanced climate of safety and security is a prerequisite for investment and creating jobs. — Bobby Stevenson MPL, Shadow MEC for Safety and Security