With a new satellite police station expected to open, 53 police officers have been deployed to tackle crime in Samora Machel.The officers- who have been pooled from various police stations, including Nyanga, Gugulethu, Langa, Mowbray, Diep River, Grassy Park, Cape Town Central, Bishop Lavis, Woodstock and Table View- were deployed into the area on Friday last week, in time for the festive season. Brigadier Vuyisile Ncata, station commander of the Nyanga police, said 101 officers in total would be deployed to the station. He said the 53 officers would temporarily work at the satellite station to maintain peace in the area and the surrounding neighbourhoods. “Senior officers, including detectives, will join them later when the satellite station is fully operational,” he said. Although there is no fixed date for the opening of the new station-which is located on the corner of Oliver Tambo Road and Bathandwa Mdingi Crescent- Ncata said it could open before the end of the month. “The station is in its later stages now, and we are waiting for the connection of water, electricity and telecommunication system,” he said.The final touches are also being conducted on the premises. The station is expected to render all the essential community services. Residents have hailed the construction of the station. They have described it as a great development and as a sign that the government is committed to rooting out crime in the area. “It’s long overdue,” said resident Zanele Zangqa. “I believe crime will decrease because police officers are now closer to the community.”Zangqa said they have struggled to open cases in the past, and had to travel to the Nyanga police station, which is more than five kilometres away. Dumisani Qwebe, secretary of the Nyanga Community Police, said the new station would help areas such as Kosovo, The Leagues, Sweet Homes and Heinz Park. Qwebe said domestic and taxi violence contributed immensely to crime in Nyanga. “If we can’t address domestic violence and other social issues, our area will always be at the forefront of crime,” said Qwebe. He urged community members to work with the police to fight crime.