Funds also set aside to improve access to justice
THE police budget of R78.1-billion will be boosted by a further R4.6-billion, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said yesterday.
In his budget speech, Nene highlighted crime levels as “unacceptably high”, resulting in the police getting 48% of the total public order and safety budget allocation.
The latest crime statistics showed that the Eastern Cape had the highest murder rate in the country.
The police’s new budget will be R82.7-billion, while defence and state security gets R49.4-billion and the judiciary sees a 4.6% increase to R39.1-billion.
The total amount given to the public order and safety divisions is R171.2-billion – a 5% increase from the previous year’s budget of R163.6-billion.
The police budget is to be used to meet long-term strategic goals.
Nene said over the medium term a total of R492-million would be prioritised towards improving access to justice.
“This will increase capacity for court support personnel, public defenders and prosecutors. To strengthen the independence of the judiciary, the office of the chief justice has been established as a new department.”
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