Fighting crime

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Crime remains a serious problem in South Africa and therefore a priority for government.

Investment and growth require a safe, stable and crime-free environment. More importantly, it is fundamental to the aspirations of all people to live in security, peace and comfort.

Police visibility, effective training and better resourcing of police stations are government’s priorities. Government has prioritised its response to the growing problem of criminal groups that extort money from construction and other businesses.

Specialised units – bringing together the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the National Prosecuting Authority – are mandated to combat these crimes of economic disruption.

To support the growth of the tourism industry, the SAPS will increase visibility at identified tourist attraction sites. It is training Tourism Safety Monitors and will establish a reserve police capacity to focus on the policing of tourist attraction areas.

Anti-gang units will be further strengthened, with priority given to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and the Free State.

Following the graduation of 5 000 police trainees in 2019, 7 000 new police trainees have been enlisted in 2020 to strengthen local policing.

To improve the quality of general and specialised SAPS investigations, govenment is establishing a Crime Detection University in Hammanskraal.

Fighting gender-based violence (GBV)

Over the last six months, the nation has been galvanised – across communities, government, civil society, religious groupings, the judiciary and Parliament – to end the crisis of violence perpetrated by men against the women of our country. It has been a truly united and determined response from all South Africans.

Through building social compacts across society to fight this scourge, government will be able to achieve much more. Government implemented an emergency action plan and reprioritised R1.6 billion to support this plan until the end of the current financial year.

Government will amend the Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act 116 of 1998) to better protect victims in violent domestic relationships and the Sexual Offences Act to broaden the categories of sex offenders whose names must be included in the National Register for Sex Offenders, and it will pass a law to tighten bail and sentencing condition in cases that involve GBV.


Commissions of inquiry

The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture continues with its critical work with the full support of government and other institutions. The President has received a detailed and voluminous report on the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation and will make it available to the public together with a plan on taking the findings and recommendations forward.

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