'Unroadworthy' mobile police station removed from Masiphumelele

2016-05-20 20:12
Masiphumelele (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – Masiphumelele residents who need to go to a police station now have to pay taxi fare or walk more than 4km to Ocean View, after their local mobile station was removed because it was unroadworthy.

The Ocean View Community Police Forum said they did not know when the facility would be back.

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu handed the mobile station over in November last year after impassioned pleas from locals at a community meeting two months earlier. They pointed out the precinct was "just too big".

Ocean View police station services Ocean View, Masiphumelele, and Kommetjie.

The community policing forum was informed that the mobile station was removed after it failed a roadworthy test due to a fault in the airbag system. The required part apparently has to be imported from France.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk on Friday said the vehicle was in for repairs.

"At this moment, a patrol vehicle is used in the place of the satellite police station and it is parked daily in the same area. The community has not been deprived of a policing service due to this arrangement."

But CPF chairperson Kathy Cronje said this vehicle was often the only one available for the area, which she said had close to 40 000 people. It would also have to respond to call-outs.

"A patrol vehicle and a mobile station don’t fulfil the same duty," she insisted.

"We need the station back. It was serving its function. There are a lot of old people in Masi who are unable to travel to Ocean View for assistance."

Last year, a number of mob justice incidents were reported in the area. An alleged drug dealer was burnt to death in October.

At the time, locals told News24 they were frustrated at the performance of the police, claiming officers often failed to respond to reported incidents.

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