The amount spent on catering services clearly shows that the SAPS leadership had skewed priorities and is more concerned with filling official bellies, says the official opposition party of South Africa.
DA expressed the sentiment above after the South African Police Service Annual Report for the 2015/16 financial year revealed that SAPS spent more than R100,000 on catering each day.
The report, which was released today, highlighted that a total sum of R39.5 million was spent on Catering for Departmental activities during the 2015/16 financial year.
Citing the chronic state of under-resourcing of police stations across South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party wailed that the exorbitant amount is shameful.
“The SAPS” DA said, “is characterized by the four U’s, being under-resourced, under-staffed, under-equipped and under-trained, which have a direct impact on their ability to carry out their mandate of keeping South Africans safe.”
“Not only are there usually too few operational officers at station level, but they are also short of the basic equipment, such as vehicles, radios, and protective gear to carry out their jobs.”
With that, the opposition party pointed out that the money could’ve been used to address the woeful state of affairs in SAPS.
Also, DA highlighted that the rate of criminal activities in South Africa have increased, are frightening and need to be addressed urgently in order to ensure the safety of South Africans.
“The amount spent on catering services clearly shows that the SAPS leadership had skewed priorities in the previous financial year and seemed to be more concerned with filling official bellies rather than with spending money on better staffing, equipping and training of SAPS officers.”
Thereafter, Maimane’s party tasked the Acting National Commissioner to embrace a ‘back-to-basics’ approach in the present financial year and depart from prioritizing the filling of official bellies.
“The Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, must ultimately be held accountable for splurging on programmes and items not necessary to protecting South Africans.
“Both political and operational leadership cannot, in good conscience, continue to plough millions of rands into catering at the expense of their statuatory obligation to keep South Africans safe as demanded by the Bill of Rights,” DA charged.