New mobile station, for now

2016-05-24 06:00

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temporary satellite station has been assigned to Masiphumelele.

This after the mobile police unit was removed from its site at the community centre over a month ago.

The move has been followed by numerous reports of unroadworthiness surrounding the mobile police unit.

However, crime fighting organisations claim the vehicle is merely “in need of repairs”.

Community members reported that the mobile police station had been removed last month.

The mobile police unit was handed to the Ocean View police in November last year, (“Mobile Station ready”, People’s Post 24 November) and has been housed at the community hall.

In September last year, national deputy minister of police, Maggie Sotyu, backed a proposal for a satellite police station in Masiphumelele during a visit to the area with provincial police commissioner Major-General Thembisile Patekile.

This followed complaints from the community about a lack of visible and effective policing by the Ocean View station, as well as slow response times when crimes were reported (“Police moving in with mobile unit,” People’s Post, 27 October)

The mobile unit was reassigned from Kwa-Zulu Natal, and had to be renovated and upgraded to fit the needs of a community service centre before it could be officially handed over, cluster spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman previously told People’s Post.

In letters submitted to People’s Post (“Build a permanent station”, 17 May; and “Community needs better police support”, 17 May), local community workers claimed the Ocean View Community Policing Forum (CPF) and Ocean View Police confirmed the vehicle had failed its roadworthy test and parts must be imported from France.

However, Ocean View CPF chairperson, Kathy Cronje, says the forum did not make this statement.

Latchman says the vehicle used as a satellite police station at Masiphumelele is currently in for repairs.

“As an interim measure, a patrol vehicle is used in the place of the satellite police station and it is parked daily in the same area to ensure that the community is not deprived of service delivery.”

Cronje confirmed that a new satellite station was placed in Masiphumelele on Sunday 22 May.

“We were very pleased to receive the Masi satellite station,” she says.

“It is bigger and better than the other satellite [station], but it is only temporary until the dedicated Masi satellite [station] has been repaired and returned.”

The temporary station, however, functions as the police joint operations centre and may be reallocated or called out at any time, Cronje says.

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