Wespol no longer relevant, says province’s safety MEC

2011-07-01 07:37

The North West police provincial headquarters should be relocated and renamed, the North West MEC for public safety Desbo Mohono’s office said today.

“The police should rename their provincial headquarters and explore relocation (from Potchefstroom) to Mahikeng, the provincial seat of government,” Mohono was quoted in a statement sent by her spokesman Lesiba Kgwele.

Mohono said this at a police’s Peace Justice Crime Prevention Safety Cluster briefing in Mahikeng early this week.

Mohono said that the name of the headquarters, Western Transvaal Police (Wespol), was no longer relevant as Transvaal ceased to exist 17 years ago.

In relation to the proposed relocation of the headquarters she said “it is unacceptable for police headquarters to be 200km from the provincial legislature and seat of government”.

She said one of the reasons the relocation of the headquarters had stalled was because of objections raised – that children of staff members would have to move to new schools and home owners would not be able to sell their homes.

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