Calls for a new station

2019-08-29 06:01
The community of Makhaza is requesting for a police station in the area.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

The community of Makhaza is requesting for a police station in the area.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Makhaza residents came out in numbers on Monday 26 to build a mock wall for a new police station in their neighbourhood.

The initiative was led by the advocacy group Social Justice Coalition (SJC) to highlight the plight of the Khayelitsha community and to draw attention of the authorities to the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into police effectiveness in the area. The commission was established by premier Helen Zille in 2012 and completed its work in 2014.

SJC deputy secretary general Mandisa Dyantyi said Sunday 25 August marked five years since the commission completed its work.

Among others, she said the commission recommended improvements in policing and a construction of a new police station in Makhaza.

Dyantyi said the land they decided to build the wall on was identified for the construction of the station. “Nothing has been done for five years and no one is reporting anything to the community about what is going on,” she said.

She said rich people in upmarket areas get more police resources while those in the townships receive nothing.

Ward 96 councillor Danile Khatshwa said he supports the community.

He said building the wall is a sign of frustration on their behalf and called for something to be done.

He said if a police station is built it will relieve some pressure on Harare police station.

Resident Elliot Faku said they struggle to report cases in Harare due to financial constraints. “We can’t even certify documents because we must pay to get to the police station,” he said, adding that having a police station in the area will decrease crime.

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