Winde said the protest comes at the time when the province desperately needs to jump-start the economy and create jobs after Covid-19.
He said the Western Cape government is taking money from its budget to address issues such as gang violence and gender-based violence.
“Our safety plan is based on a scientific approach to addressing crime, while our law-enforcement advancement plan is a 'force multiplier' on the ground, helping other law-enforcement agencies, especially the SA Police Service, which has all the government money to fight crime, to keep our communities safe,” said Winde.
“We should rather seek to engage President Cyril Ramaphosa and police minister Bheki Cele together to constructively raise our concerns and put solutions on the table.”
Cele said he understood the complaints regarding police resources and thousands more officers will be deployed in December.
“On the question of resources, we definitely agree with you. In 2010 we had 195,000 police. Today we have 176,000. We are 20,000 down.
“At the moment we have 10,000 trainees that we recruited this year. They will be out on December 15. We will be able to unleash 10,000 new police officers in SA. Next year we'll get another 10,000, then we will have 20,000 in two years. We still have a long way to go,” said Cele.
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