The City of Joburg says it is still searching to find a
suitable candidate to head its Public Safety in the city.
The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and
Emergency Management Services (EMS) are to be combined under the umbrella of
Both the JMPD and EMS
have been facing a number of challenges relating to fraud, corruption and
City spokesperson, Nthatisi Modingoane, says merging both entities is part maximising the efficacies of different functions within the City of Joburg.
“We are looking at where there are lack of efficiencies, where there are duplications so that we streamline the functions. JMPD will remain JMPD, EMS will remain EMS under the umbrella of Public Safety which has been elevated to a strategic position which is a group function which will look at safety holistically in the City of Johannesburg,” says Modingoane.
Both the JMPD and EMS have been facing a number of challenges relating to fraud, corruption and financial mismanagement.
Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's unlikely
that the proposed merger of JMPD and EMS will help improve the efficiency of
The DA's Jack Bloom says the Gauteng Department of Health must intervene in the matter.
“The problem is that the Emergency Ambulance Services are in a deplorable state. They have very poor response time. I think that the Gauteng Health Department needs to intervene and and ensure that Johannesburg gets a decent emergency response ambulance team because at the moment, there's very poor response times. People are dying because ambulances are very slow,” says Bloem.