‘Gaut­eng po­lice must be friendly’

Nkosi-Malobane to en­force clean­li­ness and safety vests

Pretoria News - - Metro - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE goitsemang.tlhabye@inl.co.za Com­plaints from the pub­lic against the po­lice in­clude poor re­sponse times, miss­ing dock­ets and a lack of feed­back on cases.

DIRTY of­fices, po­lice of­fi­cers not wear­ing bul­let­proof vests and poor treat­ment of the pub­lic by mem­bers of the SAPS would not be tol­er­ated in Gaut­eng, Com­mu­nity Safety MEC Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane said yes­ter­day.

Nkosi-Malobane was on an unan­nounced visit to the tem­po­rary Eras­mia Po­lice Sta­tion in Pre­to­ria West yes­ter­day.

She walked in to be greeted by a sta­tion in a mess, with the front desk per­son­nel not wear­ing the cor­rect uni­form.

Nkosi-Malobane im­me­di­ately took the mat­ter up with the act­ing sta­tion com­man­der, as well as other is­sues which, ac­cord­ing to her, were brought to her at­ten­tion by irate com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“We re­ceived com­plaints from the com­mu­nity about the way they were be­ing re­ceived by of­fi­cers at this sta­tion, and from our ob­ser­va­tion the face of re­cep­tion was not wel­com­ing.

“And an­other is­sue is that most of the of­fi­cers were not wear­ing bul­let proof vests as they ought to. We are now go­ing to check if there is com­pli­ance in terms of the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Act, and other is­sues.”

Fur­ther­more, she said her of­fice would be check­ing other com­pli­ance is­sues such as the firearm reg­is­ter as there were al­le­ga­tions of firearms be­ing booked in but not reg­is­tered.

Nkosi-Malobane said eight po­lice sta­tions were un­der-per­form­ing in the prov­ince and there would be im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tions taken to en­sure they are brought back up to ac­cept­able stan­dard.

“De­spite the weak­nesses we ob­served, this is not one of the un­der-per­form­ing sta­tions. But we need to en­sure those lit­tle mis­takes are reme­died.”

The visit by Nkosi-Malobane fol­lowed her con­cern over eight un­der-per­form­ing sta­tions in the prov­ince con­tribut­ing to high crime lev­els.

This fol­lows a rou­tine per­for­mance re­view meet­ing with the lead­er­ship of the pro­vin­cial SAPS, metro po­lice de­part­ments of Tsh­wane, Ekurhu­leni and Joburg and the Gaut­eng Traf­fic Po­lice.

It in­di­cated there had been an in­crease in mur­ders by 3.2%, es­pe­cially in the un­der-per­form­ing sta­tions.

The eight po­lice sta­tions are Aka­sia, Krugers­dorp, Honey­dew, Dob­sonville, Kag­iso, Kemp­ton Park, Ivory Park and Tem­bisa.

The re­view picked up that there were 132 more mur­ders in the 2017/2018 fi­nan­cial year, more cash-in-tran­sit crimes were also on the rise with 88 recorded to the pre­vi­ous fig­ure of just 33 cases.

“I had a fruit­ful en­gage­ment with law en­force­ment agen­cies in the prov­ince.

“While I ac­knowl­edge that crime lev­els are un­ac­cept­ably high, I am de­lighted to see that the po­lice sta­tions that are tagged as un­der-per­form­ing are at­tend­ing to their prob­lems to im­prove.” Po­lice abuse of power, in­ac­tion or cor­rup­tion can be re­ported to the De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety by call­ing 011 689 3600/3607, email­ing mariska.vanzyl@gaut­eng.gov.za or vis­it­ing www.im­pacc.gpg.gov.za

GAUT­ENG pro­vin­cial MEC for Com­mu­nity Safety Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane un­der­takes an in­spec­tion of the Eras­mia Po­lice Sta­tion in West dur­ing her unan­nounced visit yes­ter­day. | Pre­to­ria

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