Nxamalala SAPS station planned in ’95

2012-12-12 00:00

FACTION fighting in 1995 or shortly before that has led to the planned construction of a police station near President Jacob Zuma’s Nxamalala homestead.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the proposed station marks the “culmination of a long process that was initiated in 1995” when the leadership in Nxamalala requested the SAPS to build a police station in the Ubumbano area “as a result of ongoing faction fighting”.

Naicker said the provincial police would like to “expressly intimate that there was nothing untoward” in wanting to place the station near Zuma’s home.

The planned construction was first reported in The Witness affiliate publication, the Zululand Fever in January, 2011. The Fever reported that the new station will include service points, offices, a victim support centre, storage areas, holding cells, undercover parking and police living quarters.

This week the Sunday Times said the planned 4 768 m² police compound would accommodate 230 staff members, including officers, administration staff and cleaners. The location is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment.

“Subsequent investigation into the feasibility of building a police station in the area began in 1997 and was finally completed in 2000. ...the study report recommended the building of a police station in that area as a means to ensure the ease of service delivery access by the communities,” said Naicker.

He said the main finding of the study was that the Nkandla Police Station, which services the area was 51 km away.

“The determining factor for the building of police stations is the accessibility of services to the community... This police station would service areas that include Nkandla, Ekombe and Mbongolwane,” said Naicker.

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