Police Minister Bheki Cele. Allocating R250m for police deployment costs during the July protests, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says the criminal activity during that unrest are a reminder that crime continues to be a blight in the country. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
Police Minister Bheki Cele. Allocating R250m for police deployment costs during the July protests, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says the criminal activity during that unrest are a reminder that crime continues to be a blight in the country. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

MTBPS: Budget allocated for unforeseen costs incurred by police and army in July protests

By Mayibongwe Maqhina Time of article published Nov 11, 2021

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Cape Town – The National Treasury has made an additional allocation amounting to R950 million to cover the unforeseen costs incurred by the police and the army during the July protests in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

A further R1 billion was allocated to the police in their fight against crime.

Tabling his maiden medium term budget policy statement, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said the criminal activity witnessed during the unrest reminded the nation that crime continued to be a blight in the country.

“It undermines confidence in our recovery and hinders our long term economic development,” Godongwana said.

According to the budget documents, R250m was to provide costs associated with the increased deployment of police personnel during the unrest.

It also said R700m was allocated for the deployment of the army to support the police in executing Operation Prosper in response to the unrest and to deal with terrorism in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique through Operation Vikela.

The National Treasury’s budget document said the peace and security cluster would spend an average of R218.1 billion per year over the 2022 medium term expenditure framework period.

More than 60 percent of the funding would be spent on compensation of employees.

“Over the medium term, the function will prioritise funds to enhance capacity in institutions combating crime and corruption, and upgrade ICT infrastructure for greater efficiency,” it said.

It, however, stated that the July public violence illustrated the need for improved capacity.

Godongwana said in an attempt to strengthen the fight against crime, additional funding was allocated to SAPS and SANDF.

“All South Africans deserve to be safe. We must not fail in this,” he said.

The budget document said R1 billion in roll over funds has been made available to the police towards administration, visible policing and detective services.

A total of R321.4m was rolled over for the upgrading of the department’s wide area network ICT infrastructure.

A further R566.8m was rolled over for a medical scheme for cases in which police officers were injured while on duty.

“R112m is rolled over for upgrading the department’s wide area network ICT infrastructure and storage and disaster recovery capabilities, converting forensic vehicles and implementing automated DNA processing system,” reads the MTBPS document.

The National Treasury has said over the next few years, the Department of Defence will reprioritise funds to set up a rapid response unit.

“It will also implement reform to manage long standing pressure on compensation that is resulting in irregular spending.”

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