South Africa’s police service should reduce staff numbers by 9000, the National Treasury has recommended, according to a report on Monday.
According to a Treasury report submitted to Parliament last week, this could see the police service placing a moratorium on the recruitment of new members from 2013, Beeld newspaper reported.
Dianne Kohler-Barnard, DA MP and shadow minister of police, said the country could not afford to have fewer police officers.
“With one of the world’s highest crime rates, we need more police officials. This suggestion bodes ill for the improvement of the police’s specialised services, especially detectives and the forensic division.”