ANC Gauteng Legislature
Budget speech by Community Safety MEC Nonhlanhla Mazibuko

Budget speech by Community Safety MEC Nonhlanhla Mazibuko

29 May 2012

Honourable Premier in absentia, Honourable Chief Whip and members of the executive council, honourable members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, members of the mayoral committees responsible for community safety from various municipalities, the HoD- uHoD wami akakafiki bashesha slow lana kwakho Somlomo. Babavalele ngaphandle. [My HoD has not arrived, your staff is very quick, Speaker; they have locked them out.]

Executive Directors for community safety in municipalities, the Chiefs of Metropolitan Police Departments, the Chiefs of Local Traffic Departments, abefundisi; ngibone abefundisi laphayana e-gallery [Pastors, I saw Pastors there at the gallery], Chairperson of the Board, Ntate Andy Mashaile and members of the CPFs, Acting Provincial Commissioner, General Gela together with the other deputies wama-Hawks wokuqala uBaba Sibiya; uMama uMosikidi i-Head yama-detectives; uMama Ndaba kanye noMama Maloka. [The first one being Mr Sibiya for Hawks; Head of detectives, Ma`am Mosikidi; Ma`am Ndaba and Ma`am Maloka.]

The building of safe and secure Gauteng continues to be the cornerstone of the work that the provincial government and municipalities carry out daily. It is driven by the deepest of our convictions that no citizen can ever fully enjoy and realise their freedoms, unless such freedoms are underpinned by the constitutionally guaranteed right to safety and a safe environment. Families, particularly children, must strive in an environment unimpeded by the scourge of crime that can only serve to reproduce itself as it engulfs young people growing up.

The province has in the past year witnessed a number of horrific incidents, if not just months ago, Honourable Speaker and members of the House, and brutal acts visited on young people and young girls. It gets worse when some of the victims are said to be in a mental state. As I indicated during this time last year that the moral barometer of any society is the extent to which its women, children and most vulnerable are actually protected.

The actions of ruthless patriarchs using the notoriety of public transport nodes, especially taxi ranks, to harass young women ostensibly in appropriately dressed. The intolerance in some of our communities of juvenile gang rapes and cellphone footage getting widely circulated are all the reflection of how we have deteriorated social cohesion as people.

Mind you, honourable members, these are incidents that got the attention of the nation, if not the international world, and they were reported in all media. The strengthening of the social cohesion in our communities is undoubtedly high on the agenda of the work we are doing in this financial year. We will henceforth deepen our social crime prevention initiatives, tighten the content of our community mobilisation and messaging as well as contribute towards ensuring stiff punishment for those who meet out this animal behaviour.

These incidents happened against the backdrop of the important gains we have made in fighting other forms of crime. Whilst we commend the good work done by the department and the South Africa Police Service, the MPDs and the municipalities as they are listed. We equally noted with concern the high number of crimes committed against women and children in our province.

Although we must now prioritise the fight against women and children abuse we will not take our eyes off the trio crimes as we build on the successes recorded in the 2010/2011 to make our communities even safer.

In this year being the centenary of the glorious national liberation movement, the African National Congress, we owe to our children and the future generations a legacy for which this milestone must be remembered.

It is particularly in this centenary year and beyond that we should leave a mark as having arrested the sketch of women and child abuse in our communities.

Elsewhere below, we detail our efforts at uprooting fraud and corruption within our law-enforcement agencies, the DLTCs and the vehicles testing stations and we are in this regard encouraged with the relentless efforts of the South African Police Service in arresting more than 600 of their own members for alleged corruption behaviour in the last year. Kufanele nibashayele izandla uyazi. [You must give them a round of applause.] This is important if we are to defeat crime in our province. We need crime fighters who themselves are not criminals.

The department`s budget remains rooted in our six priorities, namely:

  • The reduction of violent crimes.
  • Reduction in crimes against women and children
  • Crime perception management.
  • Effectiveness and integration of the criminal justice system
  • Reduction in corruption, and
  • The reduction in the road fatalities.
The total appropriation for the year of 2012/2013 financial year is R435 million as we are indicating underneath.

On reduction of trio crimes, we have allocated lawo ma-million lawo nani niyakwazi ukuzifundela ayikho imali kulo Mnyango. [Those millions, you can read them for yourselves, there is no money in this department.] The notable progress made in fighting the triple crimes of house robbery, business robbery and vehicle hijacking is an indication of this government resolve in making our communities to be safe and ensure they also feel safe. It is especially these crimes that we must drive downwards as they account for the most fear in our communities. We are convinced that once our citizens are able to lead their lives without threat of being violated in their homes, vehicles or places of work, positive perception and high levels of confidence in our law-enforcement agencies will actually strengthen.

In this regard the department will continue and strengthen our oversight activities at station level to realise better performance. We will focus our efforts on the 32 worst performing stations across the province who are collectively accounting for the majority of crimes committed in the province. Almost that amount of money has been set aside.

A further 1 200 trio crimes dockets will be audited. The auditing of these dockets will make the department and the police to get crucial information on deficiencies inherent in the investigation process, thus enabling us to recommend corrective steps. This is intended to ensure an increase in trial ready dockets to allow for an increase in the rate of conviction of these crimes. Whilst arrests for trio crimes are high, few actual convictions and incarcerated are secured.

A high conviction rate will in itself obviously act as a deterrent to potential criminals. To this end, the department will continue to visit stations, announced and unannounced, assess the performance of clusters with respect to priority crimes and monitor the collaboration and coordination between the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority at cluster level.

During this financial year, 690 dockets closed as undetected and withdrawn were actually or are going to be audited. Work undertaken in the previous financial year has already demonstrated key areas of improvements. Poor statement taking, the contamination of crime scenes, which undermines the credibility of the evidence, inconsistent updating of case dockets and a lack of effective communication between the detectives and the prosecutors are some of the findings resulting from the audits.

The South African Police Service under the leadership of the provincial commissioner, uBaba Mzwandile Petros and his deputies, they are already hard at work at implementing the 10-Point Plan, Detectives Plan, which is the plan that is underlined- mentioned there on page 5, right up until page 6 laphana ngaphezulu. [top of page 6] We also spoke in 2011 about the Co-created Policing Strategy, which focused on crime generators, that was already being implemented in the province during the last financial year.

As crime statistics demonstrated in the previous year, progress has been recorded. In particular successes have been achieved and building hijackings in the city centre and elsewhere in the province and drug-related crimes through the smashing of syndicates is ongoing. Visible policing has perhaps been the hallmark of the implementation of this strategy. The department is consistently monitoring the efficiency of visible policing by examining the implementation of the sector policing. I know some of you always complain that their phone numbers are not working but soon kuzolunga bazo-charger ama-battery. [It will be all right soon, they will charge their batteries.]

In this regard, honourable members, we will have noticed the deployment of Flying Squad on the on-ramps and off-ramps of our major highways in the province. This is done jointly with the various metropolitan police departments in the province and this is a crucial development in ensuring that motorists feel safe along our roads. Visible policing has a major bearing on perceptions of safety.

This initiative will be sustained and extended to as many points along our highways and byways as possible. The metros of Tshwane and Johannesburg also, Acting Chair, are also implementing if not deploying their officers according to the ward-based deployment so that then there is more visible policing in all the municipalities, nabo ngine-sure singabashayela izandla. [I am sure we can give them a round of applause as well.]

Similarly, the department is also regularising the holding of quarterly review sessions with the South African Police Service and the three metropolitan departments. This is an area that has posed challenges previously but both the department and the law-enforcement agencies have agreed that the need for improvement in this area needs to be achieved. A roundtable to agree on processes will shortly be convened.

On reducing crimes against women and children, as I indicated above, recent incidents in Soweto and Bronkhorstspruit, if not now throughout Gauteng because there are now copycats, have again brought to sharp focus the need for us to step up our interventions, both preventative and punitive, in order to arrest the scourge of women and child abuse.

We have a responsibility together with our social partners and other spheres of government to ensure that young people are nurtured in a responsible environment so that they can become responsible adults and future leaders. Our programmes will relate to the following:

There will be the promotion of youth safety. The department will be focusing on youth crime prevention desks in all the police stations. Already, Madam Chair, we have already launched 137 of them and we will be hosting seminars, izimbizo and dialogues in finding solutions to crime challenges within the province. Focus will also be given to youth at risk and those in conflict with the law.

The department will conduct an analysis of the profiles of the youth in conflict with the law and design and implement appropriate interventions for them. Furthermore, an additional 600 young people will be placed under the National Youth Service Programme and deployed at various police stations to implement social crime prevention projects. This is- we are doing this in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure Development.

On alcohol and drug abuse prevention, the department will continue to implement the programme together with the Department of Social Development and the following activities will be undertaken:

  • Almost 300 liquor enforcement operations targeting problematic shebeens and taverns which play imoto entshontsh`imali kuze kuse [loud music until the early hours of the morning];
  • Coordination of school safety searches targeting problematic schools;
  • Substance abuse awareness campaigns and talks in schools
  • Facilitate correctional service visits by learners and youths;
  • 40 liquor education campaigns targeting liquor traders will also be coordinated.
This week being the child protection week, Madam Chair, we call upon all parents to take care of their children. They must not abdicate the responsibility to government but they must remember children are there to be heard and also to be seen and the coordination of the VAWAC strategy will focus on the:
  • 365 days programme of action to end gender-based violence and the provincial 16 Days of Activism will be ongoing.
  • Coordination of the provincial gender-based violence prevention forum,
  • 4 970 people will be reached through the facilitation of child safety promotion workshops.
  • An additional 70 men as safety promoters bancane bona kodwa nokho siyazama kancane, Mhlalingaphambili, ukuthi sikhuthaze [It is indeed a small number but we are trying, Chairperson, to encourage] more men to participate as safety promoters.
  • 2 520 women will be reached through the facilitation of women safety workshops and establishment of women safety desks and elderly safety desks.
  • Almost 1 200 people will be reached through the facilitation of safety awareness workshop for people with disabilities.

On promotion of school safety, we aim at designing and implementing an integrated framework and approach to all aspects of school safety and security; it is not the Hlayiseka that you are always criticising, honourable members. The programme further coordinates and sets up structures to implement and monitor the school safety programme and we are undertaking this together with the Department of Education in making sure that:

  • capacity building is undertaken in those number of schools;
  • facilitating the development of school safety plans and establishing school safety teams;
  • monitoring the school safety programmes;
  • the establishment of school safety desks;
  • coordinating Quarterly Provincial Implementation Committee Workshops;
  • conducting Child Safety Awareness;
  • 300 learners will be trained as school safety ambassadors;
  • 2 440 community patrollers will be deployed in all the identified problematic schools;
  • 700 school searches will also be coordinated. We will not be giving you the names of the schools ngoba nizohamba niyobatshela ukuthi siyeza. [Because you will go and tell them that we are coming.]

On mainstreaming and coordination of social crime prevention in government, the use of Integrated Development Plan process to identify and to integrate efforts in each municipality is recognised as key to developing safety interventions on the scale and quality required to reduce crime. The department provides IDP training to municipal safety officials to assist them in using the IDP process to integrate safety issues and have them reflected in a manner that promotes further integration and enhances government accountability on safety issues.

In strengthening the capacity of local government in social crime prevention, the department will be undertaking those initiatives as they are listed there below.

On Ikhaya Lethemba, it is a one-stop centre for victims of sexual and domestic violence and it will be fully functional throughout the 2012/2013 financial year. The centre continues to operate as a model centre for services to victims, combining professional medical counselling, justice and policing and other related services for the victims.

The centre will continue to operate on a 24-hour service in order to provide active support to the local police stations and the FCS units within the province.

The centre has three high levels, the first being the Professional Services and this unit will continue to provide specialised services to adult and child victims, including medico legal examinations. Almost 1 104 adults will receive this service in this current financial year. An expansion of the Family Justice Unit is underway, so family legal support sessions, post court briefing [debriefing] sessions, court preparations and court accompaniment services will also be offered to victims who are entering the criminal justice system.

The unit will also expand its tracking capacity around the cases that enter the CJS through the Ikhaya Lethemba system. The unit will also provide support to the FCS based in the city centre namely, Hillbrow and also in Johannesburg.

The third unit is the Victim Empowerment Centre Unit, which provides support to 132 victim empowerment centres. These are centres that are based at the various police stations throughout the province and they are run by volunteers together with the Department of Social Development. In this financial year, we hope that 200 volunteers will be trained and a large number of quality assurance and supervision sessions will be offered to those volunteers.

Furthermore, Ikhaya Lethemba will continue with the rollout of the docket audit process, on dockets that deal with sexual and domestic violence, and 1 000 dockets will be audited in this financial year and a further nine Green Door sites will be launched. These we call, the ward-based green doors, so that then people who are in distress are able to access these units.

We are further looking for partners to realise a dream of a Gauteng that cares for its women, its children and vulnerable people, especially the disabled, so that then people will know that this government really cares for them.

CRIME PERCEPTIOM MANAGEMENT THROUGH COMMUNITY MOBILISATION

On crime perception, Honourable Chair, building communities that are intolerant to antisocial, animal and criminal behaviour requires that our existing partnership with communities take on a different dimension. Deepening the Know Your Neighbourhood Campaign through localising these campaign, working with municipalities will again be the mainstay of our community outreach programmes. The Know Your Neighbourhood Campaign will now constitute the content of all the work we do in communities, rather than as a standalone campaign. In addition to social crime prevention initiatives aimed at educating communities, the department will embark on a further 20 crime awareness campaigns in those areas that are listed in all the five regions in Gauteng.

We will also further localise, together with municipalities, the campaign in the nine clusters of Mamelodi, Honeydew, Krugersdorp, Bronkhorstspruit, Hillbrow, Alexandra, Ga-Rankuwa, Benoni and Katlehong.

Our outdoor campaign to inform communities on all the services of the department, including our SMS line, will also continue.

In encouraging our communities to participate in the fight against crime, the department will encourage the establishment of 22 street committees through providing support to Community Policing Forums and the municipalities. We will submit the list shortly to this House.

The department is also evaluating and analysing the environment of the street committees that have already been established in Sedibeng and in Meadowlands.

Community Policing Forums

On community policing forums, Honourable Chair, they will continue to occupy the central space in efforts to provide leadership to communities in the fight against crime. In this financial year, we will continue to assist and support the Community Policing Fora, the cluster boards and the Provincial Board. The second batch of printers will also be provided so that then it is easy for them to do their work.

Community Patrollers

On community patrollers, Madam Chair and Madam Speaker and honourable members, we are delighted at the success brought by this initiative to our province. When the programme was started, we were accused of abdicating our responsibility as government to provide safety in communities. The programme speaks for itself. Even the Department of Education decided to approach us because they saw ukuthi this in an important initiative.

In the last financial year, the department deployed about 4 188 patrollers at the 398 schools in our province, together with the Department of Education. The patrollers where paid a minimum stipend through the programme of the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Many of the schools at which the patrollers are deployed have indicated that the theft of computers, vandalism of school property has also diminished. [Applause]

The programme has had its share of challenges which I am sure that members are aware of and we will continue supporting even the tourism safety ambassadors by deploying a further 200 patrollers on each side and Metrorail has also approached us. We have deployed 300 patrollers to Metrorail. So you will be safe when you are riding in our trains. Boekenhoutkloof also, our traffic college, Donkerhoek, our regional offices, in all those places, we have now deployed our patrollers. Even here in the city centre, I am sure that you have seen our patrollers. We have deployed them in conjunction with ABSA.

Research and Impact Assessment

The department also has undertaken eight research projects in this financial year, ranging from the evaluation of the Community Patroller Programme through the Impact Assessment Programme and services.

REDUCING CORRUPTION

On reducing corruption, I am sure that all of us want to congratulate the work that has been done by the SAPS in making sure that they arrest those of them who have been found on the wrong side of the law and hoping they will continue arresting more. Recently, we have also seen an exposé of the JMPD of how people- of how they are known to be taking bribes, kuthiwa yimali yamagwinya. [It is referred to as vetkoek money.] With the view of strengthening the coordination, the department and other law enforcement agencies will be liaising with all the law enforcement officers to find ways of eradicating the conflict and of discouraging them from promoting corrupt behaviour.

Member of the community have also confessed, Madam Chair, that they themselves have offered, if not, they have paid bribes to officers. It cannot be tolerated, in the Bible they say, "Lead us not into temptation" so sicela ningawalidi lama phoyisa ethu niwayise ezindaweni ezimbi, [please do not tempt our officers to do wrong things] please do not give them magwinya [vetkoek] monies.

EFFECTIVENESS AND INTEGRATION OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Madam Chair, as the department, we officially launched the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee after the EXCO approved our cabinet memorandum and further meetings of the committee will continue in this financial year.

REDUCTION OF ROADS FATALITIES

On reduction of road fatalities, the primary objective of this programme is to reduce road fatalities in this province. The target for this year is to reduce by 10% in line with the millennium development goals as adopted by the United Nations, and in line with the UN signatories to this declaration it says we should reduce road traffic fatalities by 50% by the 2014 which has been converted to a 10% reduction annually.

Road Traffic Law Enforcement

On road traffic law enforcement, Honourable Chair and members, it is that often the effectiveness and success traffic law enforcement is reduced to the impact on statistics, which is whether they have increased or decreased. Whilst that is an important measure of our effectiveness, visible traffic law enforcement, like visible policing in general should be assessed on violations `distributed`which could have resulted in- `disrupted,`sorry, let me repeat that, visible traffic law enforcement, like visible policing in general should be assessed on violations disrupted, which could have resulted in fatalities.

In this financial year, the Gauteng Traffic [Police] will also be making sure that it continues checking on illegal firearms, stolen vehicles. It will do the stops and searches and in this year also, we will see the Gauteng Traffic Police, together with other law enforcement agencies, targeting taxi ranks in this province, which are known to be havens of criminality.

Added to this, most taxi ranks, as we know, are infested with unroadworthy minibus taxis that are death traps. Others are coffins on wheels, and should not be ferrying members of the public. Moreover, these ranks harbour unfit drivers, as most of these drivers do not possess the appropriate documentation to operate public passenger transport. Lawlessness by taxi drivers will not be tolerated in this province.

Included in that, will be pedestrians who are also walking- wearing their- kuthiwa bafake ini? Ngifuna igama lesiNgisi, [What is it by the way? I am looking for an English equivalent word for it] putting their headphones, lapha ezindlebeni la, balalele amawayilesi, [on their ears, listening to the radio] and then not also focusing on the road as they are actually busy walking, if not jogging. [Interjections] They are jaywalking. Yes, honourable member.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Integration of the CCV Network in the Province

On special projects, Honourable Chair, I am on page 23, we will be integrating the CCTV Network in the province, working together with all the banks in making sure that all our ATMs are safe sites when we go and withdraw the money.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

On corporate governance, Honourable Chair- on financial management, I am sure that members will be proud that this strategy lays out detailed plans to ensure that the financial management value chain will be achieved within the projected achievable resources by the end of 2012.

Implementation of policies and procedures

On implementation of policies and procedures, Honourable Chair, the department has set clear plans in terms of compliance with the Public Finance Management Act in rigorously adhering to the strict implementation programme of internal procedures.

Risk Management

On risk management, at a management level, there are mitigating strategies that have been developed for effective monitoring and management of the overall risks of the department. As the department, we continue working towards having an unqualified audit report but that will not actually compromise service delivery.

Budget Compilation and Monitoring process

On budget compilation and monitoring process, I am sure you can read that English.

Effective implementation and management of Supply Chain Processes

On effective implementation and management of supply chain processes, members can also read at their luxury.

Corporate Services

On corporate services, as part of Human Resource and Human Resource Development Strategies, the department will focus on Leadership Development in partnership with the Gauteng City Region. Capacity building on Supply Chain Management and Financial Management will enable managers to better manage and control the resources.

Traffic officers will also be equipped with basic computer skills in preparation for the rollout of the electronic leave and overtime system. The department will be realigning its current structure with the additional funding to cater for the envisaged functions as outlined in the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services Act.

Priority will also be given to the filling of critical senior management posts to enable better service delivery. The Information and Communication Technology Governance Framework will be further strengthened to address audit findings and better support the operations of the department.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Honourable members and Acting Somlomo, [Speaker] on occasions where we seem to be faced with insurmountable problems, it is a time our resolve is strengthened even more. For we have overcome the worst visited to us as people in the past. In times when our communities seem to be tested and pushed, we know their resolve hardens even more as they know they are masters of their own futures.

Working with all the Gauteng citizens, ours can only be one goal, to try triumph over the evil of crime and road fatalities in our province and country, and thus carve a future that generations coming after us will be proud of.

I would like to thank all my colleagues under the leadership of our Premier, Mme Kuyasheshwa Nomvula Mokonyane, for the constant motivation and guidance they provide; to the members of the Portfolio Committee of Community Safety for their positive feedback and always engaging us and taking us to task; to members of the Mayoral Committee for Safety in the various municipalities, thank you very much for always working very hard in making sure that the communities in your municipalities are also safe.

I also wish to thank the department under the leadership of the HoD and his team; to the Provincial Commissioner in absentia but there is an Acting Provincial Commissioner together with his deputies; all the cluster commanders that are here today and all the heads of law-enforcement agencies in the province.

And lastly, our thanks to all the volunteers in Community Policing Forum, the Take charge sectors, the victim empowerment centres and our dear community patrollers. We know that our work would not be as noticeable without your dedicated an unwavering support.

EGauteng asibhenywa, asibhay`iskelem, siyabopha. [We do not tolerate any nonsense in Gauteng, we arrest criminals.]

Thank you very much, Chair.