SAPS museum reopened in Cape Town

2016-03-24 07:36
Police minister Nathi Nhleko (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Police minister Nathi Nhleko (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - Sustaining the apartheid system in South Africa was very costly, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Wednesday.

The minister was addressing media following the reopening of the Muizenburg Police Museum in Cape Town.

The museum was initially opened in June 1990 and had to be closed down a few years ago due to structural damage.

The revamped museum was reopened to the public on Wednesday by Nhleko, deputy minister Maggie Sotyu and acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

Nhleko said the artefacts stored in the museum, which include police uniforms, handcuffs and weapons, were proof of the transformation within SAPS.

"The apartheid system was an extremely expensive one to run, because your police in Transkei had their own uniform, and police in Venda had theirs, and Kwazulu-Natal and so on," he said.

He said if a thorough study was to be done, it would find that democracy was only expensive in other aspects. "But sustaining apartheid was extremely costly for the SA society."

He said the museum clearly showed where the institution was now, and where it had been in history.

Sotyu lauded the educational value of the museum.

The exhibits include old charge sheets, notorious gang history as well as homemade weapons.

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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