Fed-up residents march on Mpuma police station

2016-12-16 08:18
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bushbuckridge - The Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) has accused the Acornhoek station commander Colonel Matane Mphahlele of neglecting local residents.

BRA members marched on the station on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum calling for him to be removed from his post. Captain Lindiwe Ngozelweni received the document.

Their march was prompted by the escape of eight prisoners from the police station’s holding cells on December 7. 

Acornhoek police spokesperson Nonyane Mpo said the prisoners, with the exception of one, were back in the cells. They were working hard to catch him. She said it took a mere two days to recapture the other seven.

In the memorandum, the BRA demanded that the police station be rebuilt to avoid overcrowding.

The residents alleged that job appointments at the police station were determined by tribal affiliation, and that the Acornhoek policing area was no longer conducive to tourism and investment, and that the streets were no longer safe to walk in.

In the past three months, several serious cases had been opened at the station, and nobody had been arrested. The suspects were known, but were still in the streets, the BRA said.

“Last week criminals escaped from the police station where they were meant to be kept for the freedom of our community; now where do we run to when the security people we are meant to depend on are not dependable?” the BRA asked.

BRA leader Delta Mokoena said they did not feel safe.

“Even when the police decide to lazily arrest the thugs, they still won’t manage to retain them at the cells or to lock them up for good,” he said.

Murder, looting, and rape were a trend in the town, he said.

Read more on:    saps  |  polokwane  |  service delivery

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.