THE Town Hill police station has declared that it will not perform as a commissioner of oaths.
An unsigned notice at the station advises the public to go to the Department of Home Affairs to have identity documents certified and to the Education Department for school, college and university certificates.
But this doesn’t seem to be an order from above.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said he was unfamiliar with any such instruction.
However, he did not think think Town Hill was on to a bad idea because hundreds of people queue up at police stations every day for this service.
“It gets too much and causes unnecessary pressure to police. People drive kilometres and pass other departments to go certify at the police station,” said Naicker.
“We need relief so that police may go out there and fight crime.”
He called on citizens to make use of other government departments for certifications.
Efforts to get comments from the Town Hill station commander were unsuccessful.
The police station’s unsigned notice reads: “… Certification of the following documents must be done at the under mentioned places. Identity documents — Department of Home Affairs. School Certificates including University/College Degrees, Diplomas, etc, Department of Education.”
Department of Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa told The Witness he was not aware of this.