KTC’s mobile cop shop

2017-06-08 06:01
Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi during the handover of a mobile police station in Gugulethu on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi during the handover of a mobile police station in Gugulethu on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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After numerous and unresolved crime incidents in the area around the KTC Day Hospital in Gugulethu, help came in the form of a mobile police station last Friday.

Last month hospital porter Andile Magama,52, lost his life after he was attacked outside the hospital at the end of his shift.

The following day, a Monday, staff of the hospital picketed outside the premises, to raise awareness of their safety concerns.

On Friday, Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi handed over the mobile police station outside of the gates of the hospital, in the fight against the scourge of crime in communities.

But it was not before Mkongi held an engagement with residents at Gugulethu Sports Complex as part of part of entrenching strong partnerships between the police and the community and to bring services closer to the communities.

Mkongi said this was an indication that his government no longer talked about service delivery, but walked the walk.

“The time for talking is over, it is now time for action. We had to do what we had to do, which is to deliver services. Thugs are now shaking, because they heard that we are coming after them.

I grew-up here so I know that there are thugs here. I saw people being killed here. It makes me happy to come here with the mandate to inspire hope in the residents,” Mkongi said.

Cluster Commander Major General Moses Memela was full of praises for the handover.

“It is going to make our job (of fighting crime) much easier. Residents will be serviced closer to where they stay,” Memela said.

Ward 38 Councillor Luvuyo Zondani said the residents were none the merrier for the mobile police station.

“It brings happiness to the residents... I can see that people are happy here. It is highly dangerous here. We need to be safe in our community,” Zondani said.

Zondani said he was concerned though that the truck was not disabled friendly.

Gugulethu Community Forum’s Sonwabile Magida said it has been a while since they had forwarded a request for the mobile police station.

“It has been a long time since were asked for it. Mkongi saw the need for providing us with this .

He is a grounded person who understands our plight. Thugs go as far as stealing medication from patients to satisfy their drug cravings.

Another problem is the rise in stabbing incidents, especially against people coming back from shebeens at night.” Magida said.

Mthetheleli Gidelo, of the neighbourhood watch in the Section 2 area applauded the mobile police station and said it will come in handy in the fight against crime.

ANC MP Mandisa Matshoba suggested that police “be moved to different sites every two years to avoid befriending thugs.”

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