‘Gauteng police must be friendly’
Nkosi-Malobane to enforce cleanliness and safety vests
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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