NATIONAL NEWS - The majority of SA’s police stations are understaffed to such an extent that they do not meet the United Nations’ (UN) recommended police-to-citizen ratio of one police officer to every 220 people, says Police Minister Bheki Cele.
The current ratio in SA is one police officer to every 375 people.
In a written response to a parliamentary question by Democratic Alliance (DA) police spokesperson Andrew Whitfield, Cele said 90% of police stations in four of the nine provinces do not meet the UN ratio.
Only 16.1% of all SA stations meet this standard, with the worst-performing provinces being Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Each province was “extremely under capacitated”.