Backlog of 8 000 cases at police station

2011-10-12 07:06

The biggest police station in Free State – Parkweg in Bloemfontein – has a backlog of 8 000 cases which still need to be investigated.

Captain Chaka Marope, police spokesperson for this police station, confirmed that in a four-year period (2005 to 2009) the police station recorded 7 000 to 8 000 more dockets than usual for further investigation.

Marope said “receiving such a high volume of dockets created a serious backlog for our investigators”.

Marope responded to questions based on a consolidated report on oversight visits in Free State, which were conducted by portfolio committees of Parliament.

According to the report, some dockets were even closed before they were investigated.

Marope said a serious shortage of investigators at the police station was its biggest challenge. He said every case that is being opened now is receiving immediate attention and the “finalisation thereof depends on the merits of every case”.

Marope said the provincial department of police, roads and transport had intervened, to address the backlog, by establishing a task team to investigate these cases.

This consolidated report follows an oversight visit to the Bloemspruit and Parkweg Police stations in Bloemfontein on September 15 and 16.

Bloemspruit is one of the police stations with the highest crime rate in the province and a backlog of cases was also reported here.

The portfolio committee requested that a detailed report on the backlog and a list with a percentage breakdown of all closed cases be submitted to committee members.

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