DA calls for party collaboration on xenophobia and GBV 'national crisis'

Members of Parliament (MPs) said South Africa is in a crisis.

The parliamentary debate on Tuesday focused on recent violent attacks and criminality targeting foreign nationals and protests over gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.

Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield speaks to Refilwe Moloto and says the DA made it clear this is a national crisis, not a party political issue.

I was pleased that the police minister actually reached out and offered to cooperate on the issues of gender-based violence and looking at interventions to prevent and contain the violence that we experienced over the last three weeks.

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - DA

Whitfield says the DA proposed to the minister that he accelerates the reservists' programme to deal with the shortage of police officers.

RELATED: Ten South Africans and two foreign nationals died, says defence minister

One of the big issues we have in the South Africa Police Service is that we are 64, 000 police officers short of the United Nations policing ratio of one police officer to 220 citizens. We currently have 1 to 318 in South Africa.

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - DA

So, immediately we are underresourced in terms of human resources to be deployed into communities in order to protect them from the upsurge in violence.

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - DA

RELATED: Government must share crime intelligence to end attacks in Joburg - Maimane

Crime intelligence has failed, he adds.

We need an urgent relook at crime intelligence. The fact remains that if you have proper crime intelligence you are able to anticipate and contain violence before it gets out of control.

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - DA

This is not a political issue says Whitfield.

We also believe there need to be more collaborations. This is an issue that the government needs to coordinate and collaborate to respond to issues as they emerge.

Andrew Whitfield, Shadow Minister of Police - DA

Listen to the full interview below...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : DA calls for party collaboration on xenophobia and GBV 'national crisis'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Ou Kaapse Weg bakkie crash leaves 10 dead in Western Cape weekend road carnage

Ou Kaapse Weg bakkie crash leaves 10 dead in Western Cape weekend road carnage

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says 23 died on W Cape roads this weekend, and most accidents happen between 10pm and 6am.

In Africa with Avi and Kumbi: Children's book helps kids explore continent

In Africa with Avi and Kumbi: Children's book helps kids explore continent

Historian Nomalanga Mkhize explains what motivated her to write a children's book on African history.

Ten South Africans and two foreign nationals died, says defence minister

Ten South Africans and two foreign nationals died, says defence minister

Defence and Military Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula gives an update on the recent violent protests in Gauteng.

Government must share crime intelligence to end attacks in Joburg - Maimane

Government must share crime intelligence to end attacks in Joburg - Maimane

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the country’s security agencies need to collaborate better in order to quell xenophobic violence.

Can a growing economy and job creation quell xenophobia?

Can a growing economy and job creation quell xenophobia?

Aspen Pharmacare and Massmart chairman Kuseni Dlamini gives his take and says a lasting solution is needed.

'Foreign business owners don't know if it's worth rebuilding destroyed shops'

'Foreign business owners don't know if it's worth rebuilding destroyed shops'

The owners whose shops were vandalised on Sunday fear that there may be no point to rebuilding if the destruction continues.

Popular articles
Audi Q8 'marries elegance and practicality', but it comes at a price

Audi Q8 'marries elegance and practicality', but it comes at a price

'Large and in-charge' - Motoring journalist Naresh Maharaj rates Audi's new luxury SUV offering.

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

Don’t ever say or, worse, believe any of these wealth-destroying platitudes, implores personal finance expert Warren Ingram.

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

Arabile Gumede interviews Stefaans Brummer, a journalist at the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.

46 women rescued in Joburg sex trafficking raid

46 women rescued in Joburg sex trafficking raid

An expert on human trafficking explains how the syndicate operates and how women are lured into dens.