Gauteng SAPS POPU only has one water cannon – John Moodey

DA Gauteng PL says this despite province having the largest number of service delivery protests

Under-resourced Gauteng SAPS Public Order Policing Unit only has one water cannon

4 November 2019

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is shocked to learn that the Gauteng SAPS Public Order Policing (POP) Unit only has one water canon to service the entire province

This was revealed to me by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko in a written reply to my questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).

According to MEC Mazibuko, POP has only one water cannon which is in the Johannesburg District.

It is worrying that Gauteng which is the most densely populated province has only one water cannon.

According to a report released last week by an Independent Municipal Research body, Gauteng is ranked number one in terms of service delivery protests in the country with 24% of the country’s public demonstrations in this year alone.

The water cannon is the safest method used to disperse crowds during protests and for crowd control.

This is one of the provincial POP Unit’s most needed resources in order to effectively deal with and manage protest action.

Our residents deserve a police service that is adequately resourced to keep them safe in their homes and on the street.

I will be tabling follow-up questions to the MEC in the Legislature to ascertain what plans are being put in place to ensure that our POP Unit that is severely under-resourced is given the resources it needs to combat crime.

Issued by John Moodey, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety, 4 November 2019