The Western Cape Government has a constitutional mandate to provide adequate policing for the City and has the requisite oversight powers to ensure this happens.
The Western Cape Community Safety Act of 2013 reads as follows
Purpose of Act
Point 2 a
To regulate and to provide for the carrying out of the functions of the Province referred to in sections 206(1), (3), (4), (5) and (9) and 207 (5) and (6) of the Constitution, and sections 66,67,68(1) , (2)a and b and 69(2) of the Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997, to –
1. determine policing needs and priorities:
2. monitor police conduct
3. oversee the effectiveness and efficiency of the police service including receiving reports on the police service
4. promote good relations between the police and the community
5. assess the effectiveness of visible policing
6. investigate any complaints of police inefficiency or a breakdown in relations between police & community
This is aside from the role Metro Police is supposed to play in crime prevention.
We must hold our public servants to account to ensure that services are provided.