Budget Must Be Found For NMB Metro Police Service: Mayor Fihla

NOVEMBER 28, 2014

The necessary budget must be “made available for the implementation of the Metro Police Service,” Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), Ben Fihla, says in a report to Council which meets next Thursday.

No indication of the funding required both in terms of start-up and operational costs is contained in the report, which is headed “Progress Report on the Implementation of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Police Service”.

No funding for Metro Police

Chief Operating Officer Mzwake Clay told the Budget and Treasury Committee earlier this year that there was no funding for the metro police in the 2014/15 Budget.

He pointed out that as a result, no costs could be incurred “as no budget exists for the additional costs,” adding that the matter would be dealt with when the Adjustments Budget was presented to Council.

Clay said the only way in which the metro police could be funded otherwise, was if savings were identified in the Safety and Security Budget.

Chief of the Metro Police Pinkie Mathabathe to assume command and control of the Traffic and Licensing and Security Services

In his report to Council, the Mayor Fihla also recommends that Executive Director: Corporate Services Mod Ndoyana “issue a letter authorising the Chief of the Metro Police Pinkie Mathabathe to assume command and control of the Traffic and Licensing and Security Services”.

In addition, he recommends that Safety and Security Executive Director Shane Brown consults Ndoyana “in respect of lines of reporting for the Director: Traffic Services and Acting Director: Security Services as per the Metro Police Structure”.

Further, the Mayor has resolved that Ndoyana should “avail dedicated personnel to finalise the amalgamation pro-cess” of the various parts of the Safety and Security Directorate such as the Traffic and Licensing and Security Services. Divisions.

This will involve job evaluation, structure, placement and job descriptions for the municipal police before the formal launch takes place.

In addition, the Mayor says Ndoyana must also convene a workshop for the trade unions “in order to deal with labour-related issues”.

This follows the political workshop that was held in June this year. - MetroMinutes