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2019-05-28 06:01
The SAPS Museum Muizenberg is one of three police museums in the country.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

The SAPS Museum Muizenberg is one of three police museums in the country.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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SAPS Museum Muizenberg, the only South African Police Service museum in the Western Cape, has had a special exhibition on display for Museum Month in May and the children who visit are loving it!

“For Museum Month, with international Museum Day celebrated every year on the 18th of May; the theme is Cultural Hubs: The future of traditional museums. If you look at the role of our museums, they perform the function of a cultural hub,” says Suzette Farmer, administration clerk and one of five people stationed at the museum.

In accordance with the theme, she hopes that the museum will be a place to facilitate networking between communities and cultures, a place to educate, and to create support structures between shareholders and stakeholders. She also hopes it can become a prominent place to allow local communities to get a better understanding of what the police do, and the police to get to know the residents better, in order to foster trust so that they can better serve the community.

“The museum has to unite people from around the world and let them make a bond with the police, and know that there’s a reason for policing,” warrant officer and artist, Siboniso Nkosi adds.

Nkosi deals with the exhibitions at the museum, facilitating the addition of new displays and making the museum an interesting space for tourists, residents and school groups who visit to learn the stories from the Cape’s past.

“Artefacts tell a story and those stories live on forever,” Nkosi says, adding that it is for this reason that the exhibitions are carefully thought out and curated.

Farmer says the current exhibit that has children intrigued is the display of artefacts that they are not familiar with, which includes fountain pens, typewriters and historical police uniforms which differentiated police officers by race.

The museum is relatively new, having been opened in 2016, and stands in two buildings which were once a library and a police station.

Entrance is free and the public is encouraged to visit and find out more about the heritage of the police in the Cape, dating back to 1903.

Schools and tour groups can also arrange tours to the museum, during which they educate the visitors on history, weapons, drugs and even host vibrant court case role plays in the court room.

V For more information call SAPS Museum Muizenberg on 021 788 7035/31 or email wc.museum@saps.gov.za. V See more pictures on page 2.

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