Police delivery on Greytown agenda

2010-10-29 00:00

POLICE conduct, stock theft, murders and light sentences handed to criminals were the main complaints raised by the Greytown community yesterday.

The community was speaking during an imbizo that had been called by the police to address service delivery complaints.

Although marred by poor attendance, the senior provincial police delegation was led by Kwa-Zulu-Natal Lieutenant-General Mamunye Ngobeni and her deputy Khombinkosi Jula.

Ngobeni had to leave early to attend to the massacre in Mariannhill where four people were killed.

Speaking on the massacres, she said the case was being handled by the Hawks, who were close to making an arrest.

She said more police had been deployed to the Pinetown area to guard against any further incidents.

She called on the community to assist the police

The Greytown community said the area was under strain from stock theft and that faction fighting was rife in the rural areas.

They said that, while crime was relatively low, they still felt that the police could improve their performance in not only dealing with crime but also dealing with the community.

“The charge office is the first point of contact with the police; the people there are the ones who guarantee whether the service you will get is quality service,” said one resident, who identified himself as Dave.

“On occasion you find that the officer in the charge office reeks of alcohol and can barely take your statement. You don’t understand whether he understands what he is writing down,” he said.

Other residents complained of the distance between the community and the police stations.

“The police should consider building more police stations close to the community. They should also consider using old buildings, such as tribal courts, to build satellite stations, said a gentleman who only identified himself as Zondi.

He said the police were located too far from the community.

“If you are unfortunate enough to get robbed, the nearest police station is far. If you call the police, they can take up to five hours to come and at times they tell you that there are no vehicles or manpower to deal with your situation.”

KZN deputy police commissioner Khominkosi Jula, who responded to the community’s complaints, said most ill-disciplined cops were ill-disciplined before they joined the force and their communities had let them be that way.

“However, poor service delivery and drunkenness on duty will not be tolerated; those officers who behave in that manner will be removed from the force.”

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