News24 | If SAPS were a business it would be shut down, says Western Cape MEC Reagan Allen

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Western Cape’s Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC Reagen Allen.

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Western Cape MEC Reagen Allen, who has been at the helm of the police oversight and community safety department for more than a year, has described 2023 as difficult, but rewarding.

And as he enters 2024, a crucial election year for the country, the stakes are even higher because crime is typically a hot topic during elections.

“When you look at the data, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng show they have all seen increases, with Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal seeing double-digit increases in their murder rate. In the Western Cape, we’ve seen a 1.4% reduction. But it’s a far cry from our ultimate goal to reduce murder by 50%,” he said.

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