The South African Police Services across Gauteng will be receiving a visit from the Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety for a period of two months and the committee will be conducting site visits to 40 police stations in the province.
The special visit is for the 40 police stations that may be located in high crime areas in the province. The Gauteng Legislature seeks to provide solutions and provide fundamental support required to assist police with service delivery and necessary resources to respond to crimes.
“Thus far the Committee has visited police stations in Akasia, Atteridgeville, Etwatwa, Boksburg, Pretoria Central, Sunnyside, Jeppe and Sandton. During these overnight visits members of the committee will be identifying challenges or areas that pose as contributing factors that lead to the high levels of crime in these areas. Some challenges that have been identified thus far include insufficient number of human resources, police stations not having enough vehicles to respond to crime calls and police visibility, lack of intelligence driven crime prevention strategies, lack of ammunition and environmental designs such as poor lighting and no roads,” said Hon Mapiti Matsena Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Community Safety.
The visit will assist in ensuring the safety of Gauteng citizens and lack of resources in police stations compromises their safety as the aim and vision of SAPS is to protect communities.
The committee is guided by a mandate that will assist in exercising its authority to hold the MEC and provincial police commission responsible on areas that are critical for the less crime activities occurring in Gauteng.