New Gamalakhe Police Station land cleared

2016-11-10 06:00
Construction vehicles inside the station.

Construction vehicles inside the station.

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AFTER many years of complaints from the community and police officers at the Gamalakhe Police Station, their voices seem to have been finally heard.

Gamalakhe SAPS have been operating out of prefabricated rooms for years, some of which are in bad condition.

A few months ago a report about a broken door at the police station charge office was published with complaints from the officers saying that when they are on night duty it is cold and their safety is a concern as the door did not close.

The officers say they are allegedly getting sick from working under these trying conditions and the community said that another reason that contributes to the crime in the area is the condition of the police station.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum has confirmed that land is being cleared for the construction of a new police station, but did not want to comment further.

The Department of Public Works was contacted and have confirmed that the handover of the site was done on 13 September.

Thami Mchunu spokesperson of Department of Public Works said it expected that construction will be complete in 2018.

“I can confirm that work is continuing on site and the land that is being cleared behind and around the station is for the new building of Gamalakhe­ Police Station.”

The new building will cost R88 669 355.

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