No resources for the police in crime-hit Midlands towns

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Some of the old vans parked at the Greytown police station.
Some of the old vans parked at the Greytown police station.
Andile Sithole

We want more cops, residents of Greytown and Kranskop have pleaded.

They say they have to wait for hours for police to attend crime scenes because there is a shortage of personnel and vehicles.

In one recent incident, armed robbers held up a tavern in Kranskop. Owner Siyabonga Makhaye said: “The suspects fired shots towards us. We phoned the police immediately but I got shocked when I found out that there was only one police officer working at the charge office that day. Sometimes when we phone the police to report crime the kind of response we get is unpleasant. We have to wait for long hours for the police to arrive at the scene.

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