Electricity cut off to police stations

2012-03-22 11:37

Polokwane - Two police stations in Limpopo are in the dark after their electricity was cut off due to non-payment of services.

Makhado police station and the Supply Chain Services in Polokwane have been without power for days, the Times reported.

The department of public works has been blamed for failing to pay the electricity bill.

The Limpopo police headquarters may be next to face a power cut.

Officers at the Makhado police station were reportedly using use gas lamps.

The problem appeared to be an administrative issue between police management and the public works department.

Officials said they were working on resolving the matter.

  • Getafix - 2012-03-22 11:43

    Usually power goes out when somebody is broke.

      Kgomotso Radise - 2012-03-22 12:04

      @Getafix spot on Mr. Official how on earth are you going to solve the matter if you don’t have money?

      Penny - 2012-03-22 12:08

      Banana Republic - BAWAHAHAHA

      Carlos - 2012-03-22 12:09

      I don't believe the levels of services have suffered. At least now they don't need to switch off the lights when they sleep on duty.

      Janice - 2012-03-22 13:10


      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-22 13:59

      Bwhahahaa....only in South Africa LOL

      Vernon - 2012-03-22 14:46


  • Kobus - 2012-03-22 11:47

    Will it make a difference as they are usually in the dark :)

      Tammy - 2012-03-22 13:12


  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-22 11:48

    This is good... If they don't pay the bills they must get cut off like the rest of us plebs.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 11:48

    Public works has been too busy scamming the public and enriching cronies! We will be having "refugee" prisoners who dont like the dark soon! Shame on you!

  • Sharon - 2012-03-22 11:49

    We were recently at a police station and their phones weren't working - same reason, maybe?

      Kathleen - 2012-03-22 12:50

      A few years back when I asked a detective why he hadn't returned my call I was told that the telephone budget only allows them to make calls in the first two weeks of the month!!!!!

      Sharon - 2012-03-22 17:36

      The detective told me he had no airtime on his cell, so I had to lend him mine to make some calls!

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-22 11:51

    And many people wonder why the government decided to place Limpopo under administration. Now that the police station is in the dark, surely they won't take any crime LIGHTly. The Limpopo police headquarters may be next to face a power cut, the department of public works has been blamed for failing to pay the electricity bill...I guess the payment will never be made since it is LIGHT years away.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 11:52

    lol ya negligant anc goverment once again to blaim, luckely it was the police station that is with out power seeing as they arent operational with power anyway.

  • John - 2012-03-22 11:59

    What an incompetent bunch of fools. Limpopo the banana province is a microcosm of what will happen to the rest of South Africa under anc rule.

      Stephen - 2012-03-22 13:23

      Actually it's happening allready and has been for a long time, it's a slow decline in the beginning but it gathers pace as systems collapse and falter. Once the failure gets too bad and it can't be reversed there is no stopping it and it snowballs like hell.

  • Darryl - 2012-03-22 12:02

    Well done ANC on yet another blunder, you clowns. I guess that ground based defence system was more important than paying the electric bill. Couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery if you tried, and you want to run a country?

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-03-22 12:06

    We used to read about things like these happening in Zim a few years ago. Now it is happening here. What has happened to prosperity

      Kgomotso Radise - 2012-03-22 12:10

      5 Provincial Department are under administration in Limpopo province due to the embezzlement of funds it is given Zimbabwe situation is on our door step.

      Ben - 2012-03-22 12:12

      Prosperity was hijacked by the A.N.C.

  • Juan - 2012-03-22 12:10

    Jees the anc is doing a fantastic job

  • Daan - 2012-03-22 12:11

    Eish!!! Eet is ieven dark by de day now.

  • mark.davy2 - 2012-03-22 12:11

    P a t h e t i c.......!

  • samgaf - 2012-03-22 12:11

    The cops are always in the dark anyway

  • Hermann - 2012-03-22 12:18

    What is new?

  • Stephen - 2012-03-22 12:21

    Is this why they call it darkest africa, no lights.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-03-22 12:21

    When was the gas lamp tender advertised?

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-22 12:38

      Good one Why did you miss it. It went to JM trust!! Sorry better luck next time

      Mannie777 - 2012-03-22 12:51

      lol .... excellent!!

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-22 12:28

    Amazing that the power of the municipal officials never get cut off even they are sometimes months behind in paying their accounts.

      Elize - 2012-03-22 13:55

      @Robsschele Hell can you imagine in what a state the council's billing system will be then??

  • Siphiwo - 2012-03-22 12:29

    It is unacceptable for a Police station/s to have power cut off. The Provincial Government must act before the criminals act. This is a sad state of affairs. Don't they have a back-up system?, if not, then, there is a lot going wrong in that place.

  • William - 2012-03-22 12:37

    Ag shame!!! How are they going to make coffee and chai??? What a joke!!!

  • Rob - 2012-03-22 12:40

    Providing that anyone in the stations keeps theior eyes closed they will have a very quiet time. Tom Sharpe....where are you?

  • Citizen - 2012-03-22 12:46

    If this wasnt so tragic.. it would be funny, na its still very funny!!

  • Deon - 2012-03-22 12:46

    Pay your bills or get fired.

  • Cameron - 2012-03-22 12:56

    I cant even laugh at this, it`s too pathetic! what the hell are these morons doing? I'll repeat what someone said earlier... AND you guys (anc) want to run a country?!?!?!?!?! look at rather going on a course that will teach you how to pull your heads out of your arses FIRST!

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-22 13:08

    Just waiting for the Minister of Police to blame apartheid!

  • Phiza - 2012-03-22 13:09

    Police officers bakgonega

  • Thandi - 2012-03-22 13:10

    'Administrative issue' - are these the new buzz words for 'gross incompetence'. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - take your pick, the true face of the ANCorruption is showing itself yet again.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-22 13:13

    Congratulations ANC - together we indeed can do more... in the dark!

  • tautshepo - 2012-03-22 13:14

    Even under Administration things don't work well.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-22 13:43

    Co-incidentally in Limpopo as well. Wonder if they have asked the fat one for assistance yet?

  • Elize - 2012-03-22 13:47

    Bwhaaaaa ha ha ha is all I can say :)

  • flysouth - 2012-03-22 13:48

    ANC management at it's very best!

  • Dylan - 2012-03-22 14:08

    Can't organise a piss up in a brewery.

  • John - 2012-03-22 14:15

    But they can afford to pay billions in rental to Mr Celes sidekick for their offices in Pretoria and Durban....

  • Tjaart - 2012-03-22 14:31

    New SAPS motto - following their return to the "dark ages": YOU NEVER SEE US! Wait a minute... Isn't that already their former motto...

  • Richard - 2012-03-22 14:39

    I don't think anybody will notice a drop in service levels though

  • Leonard - 2012-03-22 15:19

    I don't know why everbody is getting ther nickers in a knot what difference would it make if the lights where on???? At least they are helping Eskom to avoid load shedding....

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-03-22 16:36

    Do the powers in charge realize what message this sends to the public??. It shouts "We are not able to solve an electricity bill", that is what is says, what is the chances of them solving a real crime. That is why people are "necklacing" burglars themselves. The police "service" is a flawed organisation run by clowns. Also stuffs up the morale of the good loyal members of the police.

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