Metro police force still being established

2016-01-20 06:00

WHILE the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro continues to build its metro police force, a complete plan for this force had already been accepted by the province nearly four years ago.

This is according to Athol Trollip, DA mayoral candidate, who recently visited the family of Caydene Ruiters (2), who died in gang cross-fire last year.

The plan to which Trollip referred, was accepted in 2012 by Helen Sauls-August, then the MEC for human settlements, safety and liaison, and published in the Government Gazette. It would come into effect on February 11, 2012.

However, the current mayor, Danny Jordaan, requested a “tangible plan” for the metro police in October last year, said Trollip.

“This plan should have been submitted by the end of November, but two months later there is still no plan and no officers,” Trollip said.

“It means that our people are still living in unsafe conditions. Crime and gang violence immerse the community in fear, with 80% of residents who fear leaving their homes at night.”

According to Trollip the existing plan for the metro police would be “adequate” to combat these problems.

“The plan, whereby the police is managed by the Directorate for safety and security, includes the establishment of police stations, the maintenance of municipal regulations, and the requirements for the training of officers. It’s been checked by experts and covers all the necessary requirements for a police force.”

Trollip also challenged the ANC leadership in the metro to implement this plan in the next council meeting.

The process to establish a metro police force is “already underway,” said Mlungisi Ncame, Jordaan’s spokesperson.

“This process will include an investigation of all decisions regarding the police force, including the decisions taken by the province and the council - with the aim of establishing it as soon as possible,” said Ncame.

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