Sections of the Pretoria Central Police Station stand at a high risk of collapse due to no maintenance for at least 30 years which is putting the lives of staff and the public in danger.
While the living quarters of the building were upgraded, other areas like the cell area administration offices were not upgraded.
The building’s problematic sewer lines are at the top of the building causing infrastructural problems as they constantly get blocked.
This causes raw sewage to flow outside of the drains and passages. See video here.
A sewer line that is not maintained or upgraded on a regular basis should at least be constantly deep cleaned with a high-pressure water nozzle to effectively flush out faeces, dirt, sludge and litter.
Our police officers and members of the public must be able to access a police station that is fully compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
While the maintenance of this police station is a national competency there should at least be a line item in the provincial budget for general maintenance at the police station.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be engaging directly with the MEC of Infrastructure Development, Tasneem Motara to ensure that a proper upgrade of this station is done as a matter of urgency.
We also urge the department to consider allocating a sufficient general maintenance budget for the day-to-day maintenance issues at the Pretoria Central Police Station.