Community needs better police support

2016-05-17 06:00

Pouf! The new mobile police station for Masi just disappeared!

The police ombudsman of the Western Cape, Vusi Pikoli, visited Masiphumelele on Wednesday 13 April to assure the community of their support. He asked members of the public to report any problems with the functioning of the station, even if it is that one police officer is sleeping on duty – and the next day it was gone.

A whole month has gone by and no information has been given to the community at all.

When enquiries were made, Ocean View Police Station said the vehicle failed to pass its roadworthy test but that the mobile unit would return to Masi after the process had been completed. According to deputy police minister Maggie Sotyu it takes “several years” for a community to get a permanent police station, but the Masi community is on record as asking for one for ten years.

One has to conclude that this is just indefensible neglect.

In the absence of the mobile station, community leaders and taxi owners themselves resolved a recent spate of unrest.

However, Masi has a large population and sooner or later drug-related crimes and unrest will erupt again, with no police presence available. The situation is untenable, and this community should urgently be given better support.

Melanie Steyn Simon’s Town

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