Spotlight on police station

2015-05-05 06:00
KomWatch has called for an investigation into an incident where a man in a stolen vehicle allegedly tried to stab a resident with a screwdriver. 

PHOTO: 
MONIQUE DUVAL

KomWatch has called for an investigation into an incident where a man in a stolen vehicle allegedly tried to stab a resident with a screwdriver. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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Avehicle stolen in Vredehoek has been involved in an attempted stabbing in Kommetjie.

According to a report from Cape Town Central police the vehicle, a Gold Volkswagen Passat, had been taken from its owner in Ludlow Road, Vredehoek on Tuesday 31 March.

Police spokesperson Captain Ezra ­October says the owner had been closing his gate when he was approached by two unknown men. One of them held the owner up at gunpoint and took the car.

On Thursday 2 April a member ­of the Kommetjie neighbourhood watch, KomWatch, apparently spotted a suspicious vehicle in Surf Way at about 05:50 and contacted the police, but were told officers could not respond. The KomWatch member then drove to the station and asked officers to identify whether the car was involved in a crime. Officers confirmed the vehicle had been stolen during an armed hijacking in Vredehoek two days earlier.

Following the KomWatch member’s visit to the Ocean View police station, the member drove to Kommetjie and saw a police vehicle leaving the area, according to the KomWatch report.

Shortly after 06:00 the occupants of the stolen vehicle approached a male resident in Arum Avenue who was packing his trailer as he prepared to go on holiday.

“The resident came out to find three suspects on his property and a fight ­ensued. The driver of the vehicle got out and attempted to stab the resident with a screwdriver. This screwdriver was left in the road. The KomWatch member chased after the vehicle leaving Kommetjie, driving past Ocean View police who still had not responded,” the report reads.

The police allegedly responded at 06:45.

This slow response has led to a complaint about Ocean View police station.

KomWatch has sent a letter to the provincial government requesting an investigation into the station and its alleged lack of services.

According to a report sent to KomWatch chairperson Alastair Mackie, Ocean View police station is responsible not only for Kommetjie but also Masiphumelele and Ocean View.

“At best, there are two vehicles on duty for 80 000 people. If the patrol vehicle is not busy, then the response is very good. This happens rarely.

“Some of the individuals [at the station] are very keen to assist, but they just don’t have the manpower and we have been advised by the station commander that this will not change as the crime stats are too low,” he adds.

Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Jakobus Augus says no complaint was made regarding this incident.

In his letter to government Mackie writes: “Please attend to this as a matter of urgency. We do not have a police service of any nature in Ocean View police station.”

Augus, however, says police do respond to incidents in Kommetjie which are received by radio or telephone.

Asked to respond to claims that police were unwilling to assist with this case, Augus says: “That is a general comment.”

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