‘Hardware’ for Metro police

2015-11-18 06:00
The Nelson Mandela Bay metro police are without a chief, but they can boast another 21 vehicles. Mayor Danny Jordaan tried out a new motorcycle last week.           Photo: theo jeptha

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro police are without a chief, but they can boast another 21 vehicles. Mayor Danny Jordaan tried out a new motorcycle last week. Photo: theo jeptha

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ONLY a day after the Nelson Mandela Bay metro police were left without a chief, the “hardware” was introduced for the new force.

Altogether 21 vehicles were added to the metro police force’s existing arsenal by mayor Danny Jordaan last week - and this is just the first step.

Last month Jordaan requested a plan by the metro’s councillors on how to finally establish a metro police force - nearly two years after Pinkie Mathabathe was appointed as metro police chief.

  • Mathabathe last week moved to the position of acting director for safety and security , but this would not stop the process, Jordaan said.

“We have already received the plans to launch the metro police,” he confirmed. “Now we have launched the hardware. The next step is to meet this week so that we can determine the priorities and align them with the budget.”

A budget of about R500-million was available for the police, while 40 trained officers were ready to start their work, he added.

“We want to make the Bay one of the safest metros in the country. There is no place for crime. In Helenvale people are speaking about murder as if it’s just another occurrence, and this cannot be part of our normal conversations.”

The news of the metro police’s progress has been welcomed with open arms.

“This is a great initiative, but we must do our part to ensure its success,” said pastor Godfrey Caesar, a community leader in Helenvale - where gang violence still prevails.

“The mayor is the father of the metro, but as the children we must unite to help in the fight against crime.”

The community must also act to prevent further crime, said Tim Hendricks of the SAPS Mount Road cluster board.

“The gang members are not aliens,” Hendricks said.

“They are our children, our family. Crime knows no colour or culture; it affects all of us. It is time that we stop accusing each other and instead take back ownership of the metro.”

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