This morning Councillor Clive Napier of Ward 57 (Lyttelton-Centurion) and I visited the Lyttelton Police Station which remains under-resourced almost a year after the Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane was made aware of the problem.
Residents of the greater Centurion area have for months been victim of sustained criminal activities, ranging from hijackings, to armed robberies and burglaries, while the Lyttelton Police Station has simply not had the necessary manpower and resources to protect the community.
Despite a number of dedicated police officers at the station, they are hampered in their work through understaffing, a shortage of vehicles and the lack of safe holding cells.
The reconstruction of the gate house and charge office has been on hold for years, further hampering the effective operation of the police station.
The DA has received a petition with hundreds of signatures from Centurion residents requesting a thorough and urgent investigation into the staffing and equipment shortages of the police station as well as the condition of its infrastructure.
The DA will hand over the petition to MEC Nkosi-Malobane and Provincial Police Commissioner Lesiba Mothiba, and demand that the shortfalls are addressed with utmost urgency, and for the police station to be upgraded
Centurion’s residents need an effective and well-resourced police station to combat rapidly spiralling crime levels in the area
Solly Msimanga MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Centurion
060 558 8308
Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, refused to answer a question asking if she has instituted a policy of secrecy to hide issues relating to police officers and police facilities managed by her Department.
This followed an oral question I tabled in a sitting of the Gauteng Legislature to enquire why electricity bills were unpaid at an Ekurhuleni Metro Police station in Eislen Street, Daveyton, which lead to electricity being disconnected.
Police officers were instructed not to tell any members of the public, including opposition politicians, that electricity was disconnected at the station.
A whistle-blower brought this to the attention of the DA.
However, when asked about the instruction to hide this, and further asked if it is policy to hide problems, the MEC stated that she “can’t answer rumours”.
The MEC has already instituted a policy that Members of the Legislature may not undertake unannounced oversight visits to police stations – undermining the constitutional rights and obligations of elected public representatives.
The public have a right to know when their police service is dysfunctional as well as what is being done to address deficiencies in police.
The MECs attitude and refusal to answer, as well as her veil of secrecy approach is alarming.
DA Constituency Head: Springs-Daveyton
076 334 5147
Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Jacob Mamabolo and Emfuleni Mayor Greta Hlongwane are misleading the community of Boiketlong with promises of service delivery.
According to reports, both the MEC and the mayor met with the leadership of the Boiketlong service delivery movement on Friday, and announced the government’s plans to bring an end to the service delivery crisis.
During this meeting, the community was promised that:
- A memorandum of understanding had been signed with Rand Water over water delivery,
- That the Leewkuil sewage plant would be upgraded,
- That plans were almost finalised for the installation of high mast lights and solar panels for households, and
- That government is in the final stages of declaring the area into a township.
However, the promises and their implementation were dependent on the Emfuleni local council’s consideration and approval of said plans and agreements during a special council meeting – which took place on February 25.
Astoundingly, not one of these items appeared on the agenda for the meeting and were thus not approved.
While the next council meeting is only towards the end of March, the question is of course whether these items will appear on the agenda – or whether the MEC and Mayor are playing for time.
Every time the government misses its own deadlines, people will lose confidence in the ANC’s ability to bring about a better life.
MEC Mamabolo must realise that the longer the ANC government toys with people’s expectations through empty promises, the more likely voters will vote for DA-led government with a definitive service delivery track record.
The DA will monitor the next council meeting’s agenda to see whether the MEC and mayor are indeed serious about service delivery.
Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton
060 558 8299