R154bn budget allocation for public order, safety and defence

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced an allocation of R154bn  for defence, public order and safety in his 2013/14 budget speech. (Photo: SABC)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced an allocation of R154bn for defence, public order and safety in his 2013/14 budget speech. (Photo: SABC)

In his 2013/14 budget speech yesterday, Finance Minister Gordhan announced allocations for defence, public order and safety amounting to R154bn.

Gordhan said R2.5bn will be set aside to improve the Department of Police’s detective and forensic capability.

He said R1.2bn will be allocated to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development for the revamping and modernisation of the criminal justice sector.

In addition, more funding will be given to the National Prosecuting Authority for the Thuthuzela Care Centres, which offer medical and legal services to victims of sexual crimes.

Money has also been earmarked for increasing the investigative capacity of the Public Protector and additional funds have been given to Legal Aid South Africa and the SA Human Rights Commission.

However, The Star reports that Gareth Newham, the head of the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute of Security Studies, has said pumping more money into the police will not reduce crime levels, without improvements in leadership, management capacity and accountability in the force.

Putting a human face to the budget speech, The Star also carries an interesting report about a sergeant from the Jabulani police station in Soweto, who says she takes home R8000 after tax and pension fund deductions. She says this is too little for someone doing a dangerous job.

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