Jula talks to Abahlali

2016-04-21 06:00
 Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General   Khombinkosi Jula addressed residents during the imbizo. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula addressed residents during the imbizo. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Newly appointed provincial police commissioner has promised to strengthen the fight against crime.

Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Jula was addressing the community at the provincial imbizo held at the Sinethemba High School in Philippi on Monday evening.

The top cop addressed residents from various communities such as Elsie’s River, Bonteheuwel, Gugulethu and Mannenberg.

Police imbizo’s are nothing new in this community but there was a concerted effort by the police to make sure that it wasn’t just another complaints session.

Complaints boxes were made available and residents were encouraged to write their concerns and submit them.

Despite this effort, still a few complaints crept in such as the lack of police visibility in areas such as Elsies River and Philippi.

Local resident Nokuzola April suggested that Philippi needed its own police station as Nyanga was too far.

“We need a station here, even if it’s a mobile station because we really struggle when it comes to reporting cases after hours.

If you manage to get to the police station you spend more than five hours waiting for the van to come home and assess the crime scene.

I know this since I have experienced it first-hand. It is really disappointing that there is only one police van for the whole of Philippi,” said April.

Lubabalo Maliti from Lower Crossroads said that he was heart-broken to hear of the news of the death of police constable who was shot and killed for his firearm in this area.

Sikade, 39, was wearing his police uniform when he was shot at about 6.15am in Hlosi Street, Philippi East.

“It is really scary and disappointing that the lives of police officers are disregarded like this. We need to see harsher punishment for criminals who kill police officers because they are challenging the law of this country,” he lamented.

He also noted that the community was afraid to tip police as they believed that some members of Saps are in cahoots with criminals.

“Sometimes there just isn’t any response from our police station. Once I called the police while thugs where stripping away a stolen car in broad daylight and for four hours the police never came. In other cases, you report something and the police alert the thugs so people don’t want to get involved because it is a risk to their lives,” he said.

Jula came down hard on the allegation that police were working with criminals and urged residents to alert him personally when they see the cops behaving badly.

He went on to give out his own cellphone number to residents and encouraged them to use technology to catch police in the act.

“We cannot tolerate members who fail to adhere to the police code of conduct and many have been suspended, dismissed and even arrested.

We will continue to root them out.”

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