South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday, during a parade of new police officers in Pretoria, that the government intends to deploy more than 9000 new police officers in different regions of the country to fight crime that threatens citizens and businesses.
The new police officers will be deployed in the Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, among others. Other officers will be deployed to police stations in high-crime areas, and to strengthen border security.
In a statement, Ramaphosa explained that crime hinders the growth of small businesses as they allocate more of their resources to security. For him, security is important to attract foreign investment and to have good results in terms of education, health, and the functioning of public institutions.
Therefore, Ramaphosa added that this scourge must be addressed to build a better society.