All the Western Cape provincial government departments will work together to fight crime in the province, and R1 billion is already being invested into the training and deployment of 3 000 new law enforcement officers.
According to the City of Cape Town’s City’s Premier Alan Winde, the City would be facilitating the training of the new officers.
While the Department of Community Safety will be responsible for overseeing the training and deployment of the new officers.
“We’ll have enhanced police oversight and work to change legislation to ensure that cheap alcohol pricing is altered,” said Winde.
Youth unemployment in the province has been cited as one of the main reasons why youth people in the province turn to crime and drugs.
Now, to help young people gain work experience, through internships programmes, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture will set up a youth-in-service to give the youth more job opportunities.
While the Finance and Economic Opportunities departments will be looking into getting the youth into jobs.
Winde added that the Education Department would also be increasing safety and the Transport and the Public Works Department would focus on curbing road deaths.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.