New station commander for Plessislaer

2016-06-22 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The newly appointed Plessislaer Station Commander, Brigadier Mduduzi Shezi.

PHOTO: supplied The newly appointed Plessislaer Station Commander, Brigadier Mduduzi Shezi.

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WITH almost 30 years’ service under his belt, the new station commander at Plessislaer Police Station said his main priority is to root out crime at Plessislaer.

Brigadier Mduduzi Shezi from Imbali took office on 1 May, following his tenure as Vispol commander head at the Pietermaritzburg Police Station.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Echo last Wednesday, he said he was recruited in Pietermaritzburg as a police officer in 1987 and has served under numerous police stations, including 11 years that he spent at Plessislaer as a crime prevention commander.

“I served 11 years before at Plessislaer so that is an advantage for me taking over this position. I was born and bred in Imbali and I am familiar with the people in this area, so my appointment here is not strange. I am within my community,” he said.

Shezi said he served for seven months as station commander at Plessislaer before being officially appointed.

“I have made a lot of changes already in improving service delivery. Also, top of my agenda is to improve reaction time to complaints and improve on our investigations.”

He said one of the biggest challenges the station is facing is the lack of resources.

“The station lacks resources that could make our service delivery efficient. There are all kinds of problems within the Plessislaer precinct. Recently we had service delivery protests mushrooming everywhere and we sometimes have community demands we cannot meet, and people do not understand because they are not informed about how the justice system works.

He said the high rate of substance abuse in the area is of great concern.

“We need to root out drugs, most crimes are because of drugs. Addicts do anything to sustain their drug habits, which then leads to high crime rates. I want to make sure we address levels of crime, that is our core business as the police, we must stabilise crime.

Shezi said he was looking forward to working with the community to combat crime.

“I have an open-door policy and will appreciate any information that is crime-related. The community needs to be actively involved and participate in community structures like the policing forum,” he said.

Shezi takes over from Brigadier Mandla Gwala, who has been appointed Umgungundlovu south police cluster commander.

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