DA petitions Pretoria North SAPS over poor police service delivery

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is petitioning the Pretoria North Police Station regarding the poor service that our residents in the area are receiving from the station.

Residents are tired of being intimidated and turned away by the police when trying to report incidents of crime at this station.

Earlier this week, DA councillor, Yolanda Duvenage, tried to engage with the Pretoria North SAPS regarding the illegal street vendors in the area but was instead verbally abused by the police.

This is extremely concerning as this is not the service that our residents deserve from those who are tasked to serve and protect the community.

Furthermore, the DA has received numerous complaints from members of the public who claims that they have been turned away when trying to report incidents of crime and received no assistance from the police at Pretoria North SAPS.

We have also received reports that members of the public are intimidated by the police, and there is no follow-up on the cases reported to this police station.

This is worrying as our residents are trying to assist the SAPS with keeping the area safe by reporting suspicious activity, but they are not assisted as they should be.

The DA will be conducting an oversight inspection at Pretoria North Police Station to ascertain why the residents are complaining about poor police service delivery and provide alternative solutions to improve the relationship between the SAPS and the community.

This is not the level of service we expect to receive from our police. Our residents deserve a professionalised police service that is committed to serving and protecting the communities they serve.

Come 2024, our residents will once again have an opportunity to change this by using their vote to ensure that they get the police service they rightfully deserve.

Please sign our petition here

Public Works breaks the law and leaves Ga-Rankuwa SAPS in the dark

The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) must account for the power outages that lasted almost 12 months at Ga-Rankuwa Police Station which has been hindering police service delivery to the residents. 

It has come to light that the DPWI removed circuit breakers from an Eskom substation that supplied electricity to both the pathology department and the Ga-Rankuwa police station due to an apparent devolvement of the station. 

Ga-Rankuwa Police Station has since been handed over to the SAPS which is now responsible for its maintenance. 

This information was revealed to the DA during the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Community Safety Portfolio Committee oversight visit at Ga-Rankuwa Police Station this week. 

The fact that the substation remains the property of Eskom and the station will still be getting electricity supply directly from Eskom, means that Eskom must be responsible for all maintenance repairs and upgrades to the substation. 

According to the report presented during the oversight visit, the DPWI removed the circuit breakers without the involvement of Eskom and without notifying the police. 

This is illegal tampering with state infrastructure, a criminal act and completely unacceptable, which has left the Ga-Rankuwa SAPS in the dark for almost a year and hampered the safety of residents.

It is a relief that power has been restored at the police station, but it’s only an interim measure and according to this report, SAPS will have to procure a new mini substation to ensure that there is a stable electricity supply at the station which can only be done in the next financial year. 

The police station remains vulnerable because this is only an interim solution and could at any point be disconnected yet again. 

The DA believes that there is sufficient provision within the financial regulations to procure the mini substation as an irregular expense within the current financial year at an estimated cost of R500 000 to solve the problem permanently without taking any risks of future electricity failures or further delays. 

The DA believes in the rule of law and demands that an urgent investigation must be done to ascertain whether DPWI did tamper with the substation. Should it be found that these allegations are true, DPWI must be held accountable and face severe consequences for their actions. We will use all the mechanisms at our disposal to ensure that there is accountability so that such incidents never happen again.

Electricity supply is an essential service required for a police station to ensure its safety and to provide police services to the communities.


No holding cells at Lyttelton SAPS: suspects kept inside a truck for hours

More than fifty suspects have been kept at the back of a police truck since this morning because of a lack of holding cells at Lyttelton Police Station in Centurion.

This is unacceptable and violates the rights of the suspects as they were kept in a truck without food, water, sufficient ventilation, and access to ablution facilities.

These suspects were supposed to have appeared in court this morning but were turned away due to an alleged outage at the court due to a sub-station that was flooded by heavy rains. The police officers on duty were struggling to find available cells at the nearby police stations to hold the suspects until their next scheduled appearance tomorrow, as other stations had no available capacity at their cells.

This police station has been without holding cells for the past seven years now and has been using Sunnyside SAPS’ cells to keep suspects which is approximately 20 km away. This is costing the station more money in terms of fuel costs in transporting the suspects and hampers police service delivery as they must escort the suspects instead of conducting visible policing. In addition, there is an increased risk of suspects escaping from lawful custody while being transported to Sunnyside SAPS.

The DA conducted an oversight inspection in March and again today to see for ourselves what the current situation is with regards to the holding cells at Lyttleton SAPS. Please see the video here.

We also wrote to the MEC of Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to ascertain when the new holding cells will be built at Lyttelton SAPS.

In her reply, MEC Mazibuko states that at this stage they cannot confirm when the holding cells will be built. The matter is being prioritised by the SAPS and has been reported to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

The building of holding cells at this police station can no longer be delayed without a proper action plan. The DA demands that MEC Mazibuko urgently engages the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure to prioritize the building of the holding cells at Lyttleton Police Station to ensure that police service delivery continues without any further interruptions.

Cele succumbs to the DA’s pressure to visit Ga-Rankuwa police station

Pressure by the DA has finally led the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele to conduct an oversight inspection at the Ga-Rankuwa Police Station today, Friday 17 June, to see for himself that the station has no electricity.

Minister Cele held a meeting at the station, with the engineers from the National Police Department, the Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General, Elias Mawela and other department officials to investigate what led to the Ga-Rankuwa Police Station being without electricity for almost 10 months.

The department and all relevant officials have been given one month to resolve the continuous outages and the Minister committed to visiting the police station again by no later than 17 July 2022 to ensure that the electricity outage is resolved, and power is restored.

This is all a result of the DA’s efforts by sending numerous questions and letters to the Minister demanding immediate interventions to restore electricity and police service delivery at the station.

The DA leadership in Gauteng, including the Gauteng DA Leader, Solly Msimanga MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety, Crezane Bosch MPL, Constituency Leader, Adriana Randall MPL, and City of Tshwane DA Councillor Ofentse Madzebatela led a community picket outside the police station last week Wednesday evening.

This police station has been struggling for months without power, which hindered the staff from performing their duties fully and forced them to lock the gates as soon as it was dark.

The DA is relieved that there is the final action in this regard, as this is long overdue and should be prioritised. The Community of Ga-Rankuwa deserves to feel safe, and the DA will continue to monitor the situation daily to ensure that nothing is taken for granted and that the power is restored as a matter of urgency.

Furthermore, there should be a long-term solution between the SAPS, Eskom and the City of Tshwane to ensure that this police station has a sustainable electricity supply to ensure the safety of the residents.

Two small solar lights are the only source of lighting at Ga-Rankuwa SAPS putting the safety of the community and police officers at risk

This evening, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng joined over 100 members of the Ga-Rankuwa community at a picket outside the police station, where officers continue to be forced to work in the dark. This police station has had no power since October last year and this is having a negative impact on the services offered by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

See pictures here here here and here

I, together with the Provincial Leader, Solly Msimanga, DA Constituency Head for Thaba Mogale, Adriana Randall, and DA PR Councillor, Ofentse Madzebatela witnessed first-hand today the conditions in which our police officers are forced to work. The police station only has two small solar lamps which do not provide sufficient light for the entire police station.

While this police station does have a generator, it is not feasible for the generator to run 24/7 seven days a week. This is because it is too costly and often police officers must dig into their own pockets to buy fuel for the generator.

Furthermore, when the generator is being run for a few hours a day it is used to only power the charge office and the courtyard.

This is a very disturbing situation as this not only puts the lives of our residents in danger but also that of the police officers. The police station does not have a reliable supply of electricity, and the gates to the station are locked as soon as it becomes dark, which makes reporting any incidents of crime difficult.

We will be working with our colleagues in Parliament, who will be submitting a petition directly to the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and the Minister of Public Works, Patricia De Lille demanding that they remedy the situation at this police station within 72 hours.

The lack of resources at Boschkop SAPS is negatively impacting police visibility

Note to Editors: Please find attached English and Afrikaans soundbites by Crezane Bosch here.

The lack of human and physical resources at the Boschkop Police Station in Tshwane has greatly impacted its ability to provide visible policing that will protect residents and prevent crime.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) recently conducted an oversight inspection at this police station and engaged with the management of the station and the CPF to discuss the challenges they are facing that are impacting negatively on the functionality of the station.

This station has jurisdiction of approximately 300 square km and 50 000 residents, yet it only has one single vehicle and two motorbikes for visible policing and only 86 of the 106 allocated members. This leaves this station with a 20% vacancy rate.

Two days ago, another farm murder occurred, adding to the high spike of farm attacks in the area which begs the question as to how the police are expected to be visible with just one vehicle.

Boschkop consists of mostly informal settlements and farms, and it is not practical for police officers to have only one vehicle for visibility in those areas. Without the necessary resources, the station is unable to do visible policing within this rural and farming community.

Moreover, the cells in the station have been closed after a suspect escaped and have not yet been repaired or maintained. There is no space or holding cells for any suspects who get arrested. The detainees are now being transported and charged at Garsfontein station which is a further 20kms away.
This shows that this police station is in dire straits and unable to implement its core mandate.

The DA has identified numerous challenges affecting police service delivery at Boschkop Police Station. We will be submitting a range of questions in this regard to the MEC of Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to probe why there is a delay in the filling of vacancies at the station, repairing of the broken vehicles and a lack of support from the provincial and national police departments.

The safety of our residents is of utmost importance hence the DA will continue to put pressure on the current government to ensure that all our police stations are well equipped with the necessary resource to fight crime.

Where is the Minister of Police while Garankuwa SAPS is still in the dark?

Delays in ensuring that Garankuwa SAPS in Tshwane has electricity connections has had a huge impact on police services and the safety of residents. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reliably been informed that the Minister for Police, Bheki Cele was scheduled to visit the Garankuwa Police Station on Sunday 22 May 2022. This was announced to the CPF and Sectors two weeks ago, due to a large number of complaints, questions, and pressure that the DA applied to expose the fact that the Garankuwa SAPS has been without electricity for 8 months now.


This meeting was cancelled on Friday and some local councillors and community members arrived at the station on Sunday to find out that the meeting with the Minister was cancelled with no reasons supplied.


The Garankuwa Police Station receives its electricity directly from Eskom and despite numerous escalations and reports, the electricity has still not been restored. The police officers are working with their own personal cell phones to deal with complaints and use these cell phones to provide light when attending to matters at night.


This is a huge safety risk not only for the Police Officers but also for the community at large. The police are forced to keep the gates of the station closed with limited access. The community cannot reach the station on the provided number due to the electricity failure and the officers cannot access the 10111-line due to the lack of Wifi as a result of the unavailability of electricity.


In recent questions to the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko about Garankuwa, the MEC washed her hands of any accountability and said it’s the responsibility of the National Police Department and Public Works to address.


The DA is disappointed that MEC Mazibuko, the Minister for Police and Minister for Public Works, have still not prioritised this station and addressed the issue as a matter of urgency.


We have entered the winter season and it is becoming darker much earlier and light much later. We are in the midst of a cold front and police officers are expected to continue their work with very little assistance from their principals.


The Minister needs to explain why this meeting was cancelled and when he will address the issues at Garankuwa and provide a clear action plan with timelines as to when this issue will be addressed.


The DA in Gauteng will work with our counterparts in the NCOP and NA to apply pressure and investigate this matter now on a national basis.




Delays in completion of Beverly Hills police station hinder service delivery

The Evaton police station officers continue to be exposed to terrible working conditions due to the delays in the completion of the new Beverly Hills police station.

The Evaton police station is small, ageing, and old in an environment that is not conducive for work. This is wholly unacceptable under any circumstances, considering that this situation is affecting the police station’s operational services and putting the safety of residents at risk.

In a recent incident, there was a burglary at the detective’s offices where electric cables and plugs were stolen. It is alleged that the thieves broke the ceiling to gain entry to the detective’s office, leading to the detectives being unable to do their work. This is affecting the rendering of the detective’s services to the community.

The work of a detective plays a crucial role in the criminal justice system as they are tasked with investigations of serious crimes. The fact that there was a burglary at the detective’s office means that the dockets are not safe at the Evaton police station.

There is a need for an urgent intervention to ensure the safety and security of our police stations are tightened.
Furthermore, according to the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, the Beverly Hills police station project was tentatively scheduled for completion in July 2021.

The DA conducted an oversight inspection at the Beverly Hills police station and was disappointed to discover that it is still incomplete. The electricity has not yet been connected, and toilets and windows still need to be fixed. No road leads to the main entrance of the police station.

The DA will engage MEC Mazibuko to liaise with her national counterparts Minister of Police, Bheki Cele to ensure that they speed up the completion of the Beverly Hills police station to ensure that the police officers have a conducive working environment and that our people have access to adequate police services.

We will also be tabling follow-up questions to MEC Mazibuko in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) to ascertain when will this police station be completed and what measures are being put in place to ensure the safety and security of our police stations across the province.

Delays in completion of this new police station are hindering police service delivery in Evaton.


Cable thieves in Merafong may never get caught- Here’s Why

The crime wave is continuing unabated in Merafong despite police in the area being aware that the community is in the grip of a crime spree. Since Sunday several more instances of cable theft have occurred in various parts of Merafong like Losberg Avenue, Baards and Tafelberg Street in Carletonville. This is very concerning as residents are left without electricity for weeks on end before the cables are replaced and now to add to their woes the community also has to endure load-shedding. Residents all over Merafong are continuing to suffer in the dark, without hot water, without security, and without power and lights.

During an IDP workshop earlier this week, DA councillors asked questions regarding the scourge of cable theft, including the number of cases reported to SAPS so far, and the progress made in investigations.

During this workshop it emerged that:

• Municipal officials have not reported any of these cable theft cases to the SAPS, so no case numbers exist. Officials lament the time and administrative burden of reporting a case. It often requires whole mornings to be spent at the SAPS and officials cannot spare the time.
• If no case is reported, and no case number exists, there is no mandate for the SAPS to investigate these cases. No investigations, no arrests, no convictions.
• In the absence of a case number, Merafong is unable to institute an insurance claim. In effect, residents are paying twice for each cable theft. Once, by proxy, for the insurance premium, and then a second time because the cable, if replaced, cannot be claimed from insurance, but will be paid for out of municipal coffers.
• Local SAPS, including the station commander, cannot be unaware of these cases either. All of the incidents are reported on a community safety WhatsApp group, which include SAPS leaders, ward councillors and CPF members.

Unfortunately, this vicious circle is being enabled in part by the management systems of the SAPS. Station Commanders are caught in a classic catch-22 situation- spiralling case numbers may lead to more resources in the medium term, but it also makes the station look bad in terms of crime prevention. SAPS officials are therefore constantly tempted to under-report to avoid a negative reaction from the provincial management.

After seeing our previous statement, one SAPS official reacted angrily, accusing the DA of lying and unlawfully leaking information from a CPF meeting and threatening to stop collaborating on the CPF platform. This is a very worrying development as residents rely on CPFs to keep safe.

It is very important to the DA in Merafong that there is a strong and healthy relationship among community members, councillors, police and CPFs. However, the residents cannot suffer and pay the ultimate price because “systems” keep our officials free from accountability.

Last night a large group of thieves attempted to steal the last piece of cable still connected to the Bloukrans sub-station in Carletonville. Collaboration between community members, private security firms and the police foiled the attempt, for now. But they will be back.

See pictures here, here, here and here

Should this crime spree continue, many livelihoods will be put on the line, adding to the ever-increasing rate of unemployment in the province.

I will ask formal written questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) to determine each cable theft case number, the status of the investigation, and arrest and conviction rates. We are not trying to berate and belittle any officials in the media. If it’s a system problem, it can be fixed. We are working towards a safe environment for all of Merafong.

Anyone sharing this interest is welcome to assist. Residents of Merafong are urged to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the police and their local CPF groups without fail. Let’s work together to keep Merafong safe.

Cyclists under siege due to insufficient police visibility

Cyclists and joggers on Tshwane roads are under threat following several reported incidents of cyclists and joggers being attacked.

There has been an increase in the theft of bicycles as opportunistic criminals are targeting cyclists, yet the police are not doing enough to ensure their safety.

In recent incidents, two cyclists were knocked by a motor vehicle, and then robbed of their bicycles. The incident occurred in Elarduspark, Pretoria East.

Another incident was also reported in Nelmapius where a cyclist was also involved in an accident where he was knocked by a motor vehicle, and they robbed him of his bicycle.

In another incident, a woman was hijacked along Boeing Road in Nelmapius, and they took her bicycle and a phone. The incident was reported at Lyttelton police station where she opened a case.

The hotspots where cyclists and joggers are being robbed are roads surrounding Groenkloof Nature Reserve; Botha; Jean; Olievenhoutbosch; Witch-Hazel; Migmatite; Van Ryneveld; East of Pretoria; Boschkop; Moreleta; Waterkloof; Faerie Glen. Other hotspots areas include Centurion, Irene, Highveld and Lyttelton and surrounding areas.

The DA is demanding that the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko must ensure police visibility and an increase in road patrols, especially along the identified hot-spot routes.

For the longest time, the DA has been calling on both MEC Mazibuko and the Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mbali Hlophe to develop a safety plan to ensure the safety of cyclists and athletes. The routes used by the cyclists and joggers are mostly known and should be patrolled on a regular basis.

The DA also urges cyclists and joggers to cycle and jog in large groups and to ensure that no one is isolated during this time.

We will be tabling written questions to both MEC Mazibuko and MEC Hlophe to ascertain what safety measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of the cyclists and joggers on our roads. We also want to ascertain how many cases have been opened by cyclists and joggers and of these cases how many have resulted in arrests and convictions.

The DA will continue to apply pressure on MEC Mazibuko to ensure that the safety and security of cyclists and joggers are a priority and to ensure maximum police visibility.