BRASS: Minister Fikile Mbalula and acting top cop Lesetja Mothiba at Nyanga Zolani Centre. Picture Ayanda Ndamane/ANA
Cape Town - A piece of land has been identified to build a new police station in Samora Machel near Nyanga.

After five years of empty promises to the community, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula announced that they had found a piece of land.

His return visit to the area on Thursday follows the release of the latest crime statistics with Nyanga titled the murder capital with 281 murders being recorded there in a year.

“We are back as we promised at an imbizo earlier this year. We will report back on the location of the site and the date it will be built. Changes will be seen in this area, as we have key strategic interventions. In the Nyanga cluster, 347 vacant posts have been filled out of 348,” Mbalula said.

The minister said new police vehicles were on their way, which meant police visibility would increase.

The police station will mean more resources and a dedicated specialised unit of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) will be based in Nyanga.

“We are concerned about this area and recently made arrests of notorious criminals in the area, who had terrorised the community. The cases involving the suspects are currently before courts.”

Western Cape police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula said crime had been reduced in the Western Cape, but murder remained a problem, especially in the Nyanga precinct.

“Even though Nyanga still has a murder problem we have hope that things will change. As police we need the community to support us in fighting crime.”

A resident, Danie Mtwa, 53, said he was hoping to hear more about taverns being shut down, as they were the major contributors to crime.

“I do not really see the changes everyone is talking about, they must focus on the major contributing factors.”

Soyiso Sisusa, 52, said since Mbalula first visited the area there had been changes.

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