Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
28 Sep 2021
10:38 am

Saps claims rural cop shop abandoned at foundation stage is completed

Sipho Mabena

According to the 2019-2020 South African Police Service annual report, Pungutsha police station was completed in February 2020.

Only the beginnings of a foundation can be seen on 11 May 2021, where the R35 Million Pungutsha police station in Mpumalanga was meant to begin construction in 2014. The temporary but unused buildings setup to accommodate police can be seen in the background. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The rural community of Katjibane in Mpumalanga appear to be the proud owners of an "imaginary" R35 million police station, while South African Police Service (Saps) management appears to have openly lied in reports that the facility had been completed. National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole’s promise in May that the temporary facility built next to the abandoned site would be operational in three months has not materialised. Sitole had previously danced around questions over why a temporary police station set up in Katjibane in 2018 was not utilised, despite the community’s desperation for services. At the time, The Citizen reported...