There is a significant shortage of police officers in the Western Cape, according to the Public Service Commission.
A report by the commission looked into policing resources in the provinces and found that 85% of police stations in the Western Cape are understaffed.
These include stations with the highest murder case rates in gang and crime-stricken areas.
Commissioner Tholumuzi Luthuli says the investigation was prompted by concerns highlighted by the Western Cape Standing Committee on Community Safety.
Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula has been given six months to address staff shortages.
Our Constitutional role is, amongst others, to look at the efficiency of the public service in our monitoring and evaluation sphere.— Tholumuzi Luthuli, Public Service Commissioner
The Standing Committee on Community Safety also complained about the ratio of police to population in the Western Cape.— Tholumuzi Luthuli, Public Service Commissioner
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