Cop station starting to clean up its act

2016-03-21 12:45
KZN police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni inspects police officers at the uMgungundlovu South police yesterday at the annual medal parade held at the Royal Showgrounds. The medals were handed out to those who have served an protect

KZN police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni inspects police officers at the uMgungundlovu South police yesterday at the annual medal parade held at the Royal Showgrounds. The medals were handed out to those who have served an protect (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - Plessislaer police station is pulling out all the stops to counter reports that it is underperforming, but politicians say more must be done.

Earlier this month, The Witness revealed that Plessislaer police station was cited as being one of 63 under performing stations in the country, with a serious backlog of unsolved cases.

Each station was visited by a special task team set up by national police management to help alleviate the case burden.

The newspaper article sparked off action by DA provincial Community Safety and Liaison spokesperson Rishigen Viranna, who conducted an oversight visit at the station last week.

However, under new management the station has roped in more than 1 000 arrests in the past five months.

Between November 2015 and the ­beginning of March this year (before the oversight visit was conducted) ­Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said officers had been busy with various operations that led to the arrest of 1 186 alleged ­criminals.

The arrests were made for every type of crime ranging from murder to ­driving under the influence of alcohol.

“The arrested suspects have ­appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court and 221 accused have been found guilty on different cases,” Ngobese said.

He said the arrests came after “hard work” by detectives under the new leadership of Colonel Kenneth Shezi and Lieutenant-Colonel Ronnie ­Heeralall.

Born and bred in Plessislaer, Shezi has 28 years of service in the police.

He took over as station commander from September last year.

Heeralall started in an acting ­capacity as branch commander in ­January and has 27 years of experience as a “seasoned investigations officer”.

However, the station may not be out of the woods yet.

A scathing report by Viranna alleges the area the station covers continues to be “ravaged by social ills”. During a recent visit to the station Viranna found it was “plagued with problems”.

Although Heeralall is appointed in an acting capacity, Viranna said he had found no branch commander for ­detective services at the station.

“Plessislaer detectives are dealing with massive caseloads — 20 officers are handling more than 50 current cases each, while six are handling more than 100 cases each,” Viranna said.

“According to some police officials, the national police task team visit saw an increase in caseloads after they ­[officers at the station] were ­instructed to re-open some cases.

“However, there has been no offer of practical help or additional ­personnel to assist in the investigation process.”

The DA said national police management should provide additional detectives to Plessislaer.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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