The upgrade project in Philippi is nearing completion but has been marred by several deaths. In November last year, two security guards were shot dead. In April this year, a construction worker was shot dead and in May, eight community members were also killed. During the first phase of the project, six of the eight members of the Sweet Homes Project Steering Committee were murdered.
Wayne Le Roux, acting executive director for safety and security, said: “Decisions about staff deployment are made meticulously and with a view to the broader context of what is required. In the Sweet Homes case, you would agree that, relatively speaking, that was the greatest service need given the level of violence and crime in that area.
“Remember that the city’s law enforcement agencies are guided by and support the function of the SAPS.”
Le Roux said the cost of having law enforcement officers on construction sites varied depending on the project, circumstances and the number of officers required.