Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
25 Jan 2022
5:15 am

R26bn Saps budget cuts may see 13 000 cops get the chop from the street

Sipho Mabena

The department underspent its budget on visible policing by R2.665 billion and it had underspent on detective services by R997 million.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 20: SAPS National Commissioner, Khehla Sitole. (Photo by Gallo Images/Phill Magakoe)

Sweeping budget cuts of R26 billion over the next three years for the SA Police Service (Saps) will take 11 000 cops and 2 000 detectives off the streets. But the bloated top brass structure won’t be affected. Experts believe Saps’ demons had very little to do with money. It was revealed in the police department’s annual report tabled in October that Saps underspent its budget on visible policing by R2.665 billion and it had underspent on detective services by R997 million. The Institute for Security Studies said the budget slash translated to 11 000 fewer police officers and 2...