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Provincial police commissioner to fight crime in Tsakane

“There is no police station in the Gauteng offices that only has one police van. The only reasonable explanation is officers use the cars for their personal reasons.”

Tsakane – Residents of Tsakane shared their grievances about crime with the Gauteng provincial police commissioner, Lt Gen Elias Mawela, on Saturday.

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Their complaints included noise pollution from taverns with no police intervention, lack of police vehicles in emergencies, suspects not being arrested, no follow-ups or updates from detectives and lack of local youth being absorbed into the police services.

They also pleaded with the Gauteng police boss to help fight for the return of the Tactical Response Team (TRT), saying it was able to remove criminals effectively from their streets.

Gauteng police commissioner Lt Gen Elias Mawela says he will work hard to ensure that Tsakane is brought back into shape.

Concerned resident and CPF member Bashini Malinga says they need the police to work hand in hand with the community policing forums to fight crime.

“We need more police visibility to be able to remove drug dealers from this community because as CPF members we cannot win the fight alone.

“Our police officers know the drug lords and some of them are involved in those businesses.

“We want our children to grown up in an environment in which they will be safe to play outside without the fear of vanishing into thin air,” he explains.

Councillor Desmond Buitenbacht of Ward 83 says his home was broken into five times, but police failed to help him.

Another concerned resident, Mduduzi Khoza, says the sector police take forever to respond to their complaints.

“Whenever we call seeking police assistance, we are told there is only one van catering for Tsakane.

“How is this possible?

“When residents end up taking the law into their own hands, they are blamed and told to report cases, but they never respond,” he says.

CPF member Bashini Malinga claims some police officers are colluding with criminals.

In his response to the complaints, Mawela promised to follow up on all the grievances raised by the residents.

“Tsakane police station is one of the 40 stations in the province rubbishing the name of the SAPS.

“We are going to work around the clock to ensure that these stations shape up and remove the lazy and corrupt officers for good.

“There is no police station in the Gauteng offices that only has one police van.

“The only reasonable explanation is officers use the cars for their personal reasons.”

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Mawela urged residents to report corrupt officials and those refusing to do their jobs.

“We need people who will bring us evidence and tangible information to deal with the rotten members within the force.

“We want Gauteng to be a place that provides socio-economic opportunities for all those who live in it and we will achieve that.

“The recent statistics show a 2.6 per cent decrease in crime in Tsakane and this number will keep growing,” he adds.

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