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DA calls for activation of National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure

September 3, 2019

The DA notes with grave concern the outbreaks of violent lawlessness targeting the economy across South Africa.

The past 14 days have been characterised by looting, attacks on foreign nationals, the burning of trucks, and violent riots.

In part, these incidents are due to a failing economy in which more than 10 million South Africans cannot find work or have given up looking for work. While the national Government throws billions in bailouts at failing state-owned entities, the national fiscus grows weaker by the day.

To maintain law and order, which is a key requirement for stability and therefore economic growth, we need a co-ordinated approach to actively monitor and rapidly respond and end any violence or disturbances which could cause destruction of property, a loss of life, or further harm South Africa’s economy.

The DA will, therefore, write to the National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, to request that he activate the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), in response to these increasing incidences.

The violent truck protests across the country have seen at least 20 trucks per week torched in June, and several highway blockades as recently as today.

Truck torching has involved several other violent incidents in the past few months, including bricks hurled through the windows a driver’s truck in the Eastern Cape, a delivery truck that was petrol bombed in Somerset West, and a driver who died of his injuries after his truck was petrol bombed near Touws River. An attack on trucks is an attack on the economy.

The NATJOINTS is empowered to coordinate all security and law enforcement operations throughout the country and is therefore well placed to first anticipate and if necessary, to respond timeously to incidents of criminality and disorder when they occur.

It is time the Government acts to curb the increasing number of violent attacks on our economy across the country which is compromising stability, the flow of goods and ultimately jobs. Activating the NATJOINTS is in the best interest of the safety and economy of South Africa and her people.

Andrew Whitfield

DA Shadow Minister of Police

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R 20 billion budget cuts would cause a loss of 23 000 Policemen

August 29, 2019

The South African Police announced in Parliament last week that National Treasury has instructed them to cut their budget through a 5%, 6% and 7% baseline reduction over the next three years.

This may ultimately result in a loss of 23 000 personnel. This shocking announcement comes at a time when the majority of South Africans feel increasingly unsafe in their communities, due to escalating levels of violence and crime.

The DA has proposed an alternative budget proposal, which considers cutting VIP protection costs instead of other police programmes.

The VIP protection budget allocation amounts to approximately R 10 million per individual, per year, with an approximate Cabinet cost to taxpayers amounting to R 631 million yearly.

“It is unconscionable that National Treasury would request SAPS budget cuts, when our police service is already severely under-capacitated and under-resourced.

Further budget cuts will only continue to hinder SAPS’ ability to provide visible policing and will condemn citizens to living in even greater fear than they do now,” said Andrew Whitfield, the DA Shadow Minister of Police.

Currently SAPS has approximately 191 000 employees, a number which would drop to 167 000 by 2022/23. A drop in personnel is not the way to achieve a 50% reduction of violent crime, which was promised by President Ramaphosa,” added Whitfield.

The instruction from National Treasury requests that SAPS must cut its budget by R 5 billion in 2020/2021, R 6.5 billion 2021/22 and by R 7.8 billion in 2022/2023.

This will lead to 23 617 posts being lost, through an approximate R20 billion cut, over the next three financial years.

SAPS is currently 64 000 police officers short of meeting the United Nations (UN) policing ration of 1:220.

In South Africa, the police to citizen ratio is 1:380. A loss of an additional 23 000 personnel is not the answer.

The Civil Secretariat has revealed that SAPS’ contingent liability for civil claims currently totals R 14 billion per year, with claims relating to unlawful arrests and detention totaling R 189 million per year.

The budget shortfall  should rather be addressed by ensuring a more professional, properly trained police service, with minimal civil claims.

“The ANC has bankrupted the state and broken the economy to such an extent that the safety of South African citizens is now at increased risk.

Crime thrives in a broken economy. Now is not the time to be tying the hands of SAPS behind their backs.

The DA believes that by creating a safer South Africa we can ensure prosperity for all our citizens,” said Whitfield.

Keeping our streets safe is our mission

August 12, 2019

The DA Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield, met with residents of Madiba Bay on Saturday and discussed the issue of crime that is affecting all communities in Jeffreys Bay.

Whitfield, who is also leader of the DA in Kouga, said that children need to grow up in communities that are safe and free from criminals who roam the streets, robbing people and making them fear leaving their homes.

“We have a responsibility to leave the world a safer place so that our children do not grow up in fear,” said Whitfield at a meeting of community leaders in Madiba Bay.

“We need to build a safe community so that people wont fear to leave their houses to go and work. Its important that local government, the Police and initiatives like a neighbourhood watch work together to fight crime.

We must build a safe community so that we can build a prosperous community and that includes more visible policing in our streets,” said Whitfield, who was joined by Mayor Horatio Hendricks and other Jeffreys Bay Councillors at the house meeting of community members who want to establish a neighbourhood watch in Madiba Bay.

Whitfield also went door to door with the DA activists and met with residents who shared their concerns about crime and signed the petition requesting the Minister of Police to increase Police visibility in our towns and communities.

The DA petition calls for the following:

  • More visible policing and frequent patrols of crime hotspots.
  • Frequent raids of drug dens and known crime areas as well as the hideaway spots of criminals.
  • Drastically improve on the response time when attending to complaints of violent crime.
  • Formulation of a collective crime prevention strategy.
  • More resources committed to crime prevention initiatives.

DA on the move in Humansdorp

July 21, 2019

Yesterday, Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader, Andrew Whitfield interacted with the residents of Donkerhoek Humansdorp, Hankey and Patensie and also took time to interact and inspire our loyal activists.

“What an awesome morning chatting to constituents about the new spotlights erected by in Donkerhoek, Humansdorp, by our DA governed Kouga Municipality.

Such positive feedback and appreciation from community members. Well done to Mayor Horatio Hendricks and his team,” said Whitfield, who is also the DA Shadow Minister of Police.

Increase Police Visibility to Reduce Crime

July 7, 2019

Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader and Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield MP introduced the ‘Increase Police Visibility to Reduce Incidents of Violent Crime’ petition in Arcadia, Humansdorp yesterday.

Andrew Whitfield, the DA Shadow Minister of Police visiting Humansdorp

He also visited Ouma Julia Harris who lost her grandson last week in gang related violence.

In building an effective and fit for purpose SAPS the DA national government would move swiftly to ensure:

  • A zero-tolerance approach to corruption within the SAPS;
  • The appointment of fit for purposes officers and management who are passionate about policing;
  • The retraining all police officers to serve and protect with pride;
  • Making policing a provincial responsibility; and
  • Establish an effective drug-busting force.

We do not have another ten years to tackle crime, we need action now!

June 26, 2019

It is, to use his own words, shocking that in his State of the Nation Address, the President hardly mentioned the one thing that all South Africans have at the front of their minds every single day – Crime.

A few token references to crime here and there and then, as if out of nowhere, the bombshell announcement that violent crime will be halved in the next ten years without even a hint of irony or an actual plan as to how this mammoth task will actually be achieved.

Andrew Whitfield, the DA Shadow Minister of Police and the leader of the DA in Kouga at the SONA debate

It appears from his speech, Madam Speaker, that the President is more concerned about bullet trains than he is about the bullets taking the lives of innocent South Africans on a daily basis.

While the President is dreaming millions of ordinary South Africans are having nightmares.

Nightmares of being, attacked, robbed, raped or murdered.

These South Africans are our Mothers and Fathers living in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth and Elsies River right here in Cape Town, who fear that their children, on their way to school or guarding cars outside a Mosque like 12 year old Aswin Jansen, may be mowed down in a hail of bullets fired from one of the more than 800 guns stolen from the Police and wielded by a gangster who was put back on the streets by the very criminal justice system designed to protect these children.

They are our Grandmothers like Nomangesi Peter from Luqoqweni Village who was kidnapped, tortured and paraded naked before being killed. They are too old to defend themselves from serial rapists and murderers who target these, our most vulnerable citizens in rural villages and towns because they know that the chances of being caught by the police are slim to none.

They are our farmers and farmworkers from the rural Eastern Cape to Thoyandou who live in constant fear that they will be next because the ANC government does not deem rural safety a priority.

These nightmares are not the imagination of some fictional characters living in a fanciful futuristic country. These are real stories about real people Mr President. They are experiences grounded in the harsh reality of millions of South African’s sitting at home looking to this Parliament and their President for hope that they can one day live in a safe city, town or village. Not a SMART city Mr President, a SAFE city.

They want to go to bed knowing that criminals lurking around outside their homes will get caught and that they will be locked up.

Surely this is not too much for them to ask.

The fact that there was absolutely no mention of rural Safety in the SONA demonstrates just how out of touch this ANC government is and how little it cares about people living in remote rural communities who are being targeted by violent criminals.

In KwaMlaza village in the Port St Johns Municipality, for example, violent crime has led to villagers fleeing their homes after 9 people, 8 of them women, have been hacked to death or raped and then killed in the past 5 years with not one successful prosecution. In this village the people have given up hope in the police who appear to operate on a catch and release basis allowing criminals to walk amongst their victims.

Every other day we read about farmers, farmworkers and their families being brutally attacked and often tortured by violent criminals.

In May this year, Tool and Liezel Wessels were attacked on their farm in Bonnievale. Boiling water was poured over her and she was made to watch as her husband was stabbed to death.

Your deafening silence on the violence committed in rural communities across our country is unacceptable Mr President. It is time for bold action to tackle crime and rural safety now, we do not have another ten years.

Madam Speaker, there is still time to turn the tide on the rural crime wave sweeping our nation if we act now. The DA has a rural safety plan which can restore hope and order to the most isolated and vulnerable communities: from the commercial farm in Viljoenskroon to the rural village outside Keiskamahoek.

It is a plan that focuses on building a smart police force equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to deploy cutting edge technology in the fight against crime. We believe that the deployment of drones with heat sensing technology into rural communities will assist in tracking down criminals and bringing them to book. This is not a ten-year plan Mr President, this technology is available today and can be deployed tomorrow.

We believe that by establishing Rural Community Policing Units with community members trained as rural reservists policing capacity will be augmented in some of the most isolated regions of our country. The DA’s Rural Safety Plan offers tangible solutions to curb the rising tide of rural crime.

Madam Speaker, South Africans deserve an honest and professional police service that they can trust led by men and women of integrity who are well trained and resourced to keep our citizens safe.

In building an effective and fit for purpose SAPS a DA national government would move swiftly to ensure:

    • A zero-tolerance approach to corruption within the SAPS;
    • The appointment of fit for purposes officers and management who are passionate about policing;
    • The retraining all police officers to serve and protect with pride;
    • Making policing a provincial responsibility; and
    • Establish an effective drug-busting force.

When it comes to fighting corruption Madam Speaker, this Parliament has an immediate opportunity to strike fear into the hearts of the corrupt and criminal elements within SAPS by appointing a permanent head of IPID with unimpeachable integrity who will clean out the rot that has taken over SAPS. This is our moment to give real hope to all South Africans living in fear that we are serious about their safety.

In spite of the President’s promises in the 2018 SONA that he would focus on the distribution of police resources to areas hardest hit by crime the situation is getting worse. In the Western Cape last year, half of all murders were recorded at only 13% of police stations.

These are the stations that need resources Mr President. Murder in Philippi East precinct has increased by 180% over the five-year period from 2013/14 to 17/18, and by 36.7% in the last financial year. This station now has 1 officer per 344 citizens. Over the past two years, the Western Cape provincial ratio has deteriorated from one police officer to every 385 people, down to one police officer to every 509 people.

While the ANC government is playing politics with the lives of the people of the Western Cape, the people in Nyanga, Mitchells Plain and Hanover Park have to fear for their lives.

A DA-led national government would give more of the powers and functions of policing to provincial police commissioners and station commanders, so they are empowered to tackle crime on a local level.

Madam Speaker, in South Africa every day 109 people are raped, and 57 people are murdered. During this debate somebody will be attacked, raped or murdered.

The DA has a plan to turn this horrific situation around. The question is Mr President, do you?

Andrew Whitfield

DA Shadow Minister of Police

Andrew Whitfield to lead the DA in Kouga

June 14, 2019

The Democratic Alliance has deployed the Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson, Andrew Whitfield, as the new leader of the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency.

The Constituency covers both the DA led Kouga Municipality as well as the Kou Kamma Municipality.

Whitfield has also been appointed as the new Shadow Minister of Police in Parliament, following the 2019 National election.

He brings a wealth of experience to the Constituency and has served in all three spheres of government, local, provincial and national.

Andrew was appointed as a member of the Mayoral Committee in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro under Mayor Athol Trollip where he was responsible for Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture.

This was after he led the DA election campaign in the Metro during the 2016 local government election.

He has also previously served as a Member of Parliament as well as in the Provincial Legislature in Bhisho.

“I am delighted to be deployed to Tsitsi-Kouga and am proud to be able to represent the people of Kouga and Kou Kamma in Parliament,” said Whitfield.

We welcome Andrew to the Constituency and it is a honour to have Whitfield as part of the team.

Andrew brings the experience and leadership required to retain Kouga and to win Kou Kamma in the 2021 Election.

He will also raise issues in Parliament that affect our residents and will help us fight the scourge of crime that affects all communities in our Constituency.

Andrew will be meeting with the branch structures in Kouga and Kou-Kamma and explaining the road ahead to 2021 to the members of the DA in the Constituency.

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Meet DA Provincial chairperson Andrew Whitfield

March 11, 2019

The Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson of the DA, Andrew Whitfield will address the Jeffreys Bay community at a public meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12 March 2019).

Whitfield will be joined by Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Together, they will unpack the DA manifesto and explain what the DA’s plan is to fight corruption in South Africa. Mayor Hendricks will also discuss the progress the DA led government in Kouga has made.

Our plan to fight corruption focuses on:

  • Creating a new, independent and fully-resourced anti-corruption unit staffed by specialist prosecutors and investigators.
  • Introducing a 15-year sentence for corruption involving a public rep. or official and over R10 000’s worth of public money.
  • Ensuring the payment of all public money is transparent.
  • Bringing in direct elections for all political office holders so that the South African people can hold their president, premiers and mayors directly accountable.
  • Implementing regular lifestyle audits for all politicians and government officials.
  • Protecting and encouraging ‘whistleblowers’ who identify and report on corrupt activities.
  • Ensuring Fair Access to Jobs by making ‘sex for jobs’ a form of corruption.

The 2019 national and provincial election is about YOUR future.

Use your vote to ensure a strong DA because we are serious about fighting corruption and building One South Africa for All.

The event details are:

Date: Tuesday 12 March 2019.

Time: 18H00

Venue: Newton Hall – 17 Goedehoop Street, Jeffreys Bay.