Police Minister Bheki Cele told Parliament on Thursday that calls for police devolution in the Western Cape will not help solve high-profile crimes.
In response to questions from Members of Parliament, Cele stated that kidnappings, in particular, required national government intervention.
Because of the complexities of some cases, he stated that direct communication between the government and international crime agencies was required.
According to the police minister, solving kidnappings was not as simple as solving other crimes because in some cases, criminal syndicates were involved, necessitating the intervention of government officials from various countries.
Cele contended that the Western Cape provincial government might not be able to handle national and international cases because of this.
“This crime is a national and international crime that’s why the provincial police that the Western Cape wants won’t help them on that,” he said.