Security spending up

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The security services will receive at least R124.6 billion for the financial year that starts in April. This includes R34.6 billion for defence and military veterans, R3.8 billion for state security, R16.5 billion for prisons, R58 billion for the police, R151 million for the police’s Independent Complaints Directorate and R11.4 for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Presenting his second annual budget, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan noted the departments of police, justice and constitutional development, correctional services and the Independent Complaints Directorate would collectively receive R12.8 billion more for the 2012/13 financial year.
“The budget provides R2.1 billion for the increase in police personnel to 202 260 in 2013/14, from about 190 000 at present. An additional R670 million is allocated for the upgrade of information technology over the MTEF period, and R490 million is for construction of courts, including new high courts in Nelspruit and Polokwane. Total expenditure on public order and safety functions will amount to R91 billion next year, rising to R105 billion in 2013/14.”

Gordhan noted that consolidated expenditure is projected to increase from R897 billion in the current FY2010/11 to R1.2 trillion in 2013/14, with non-interest spending on public services growing by an average of 8% a year. He also said education still takes up the largest share of government spending – 21% of non-interest allocations.

Department

FY2011/12

FY2012/13

FY2013/14

Correctional Services

R16.559bn

R17.805bn

R18.827bn

Defence and Military Veterans

R34.605bn

R37.371bn

R39.702bn

Independent Complaints Directorate

R151m

R161m

R170.4m

Justice and Constitutional Development

R11.413bn

R12.674bn

R13.409bn

Police

R58.061bn

R62.077bn

R66.696bn

State Security

R3.8bn



R4.2bn