Unclean offices, officers without bulletproof vests and poor treatment by South African Police Services officials will not be tolerated in Gauteng at all.
This was the strong stance taken by MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, as she paid an unannounced visit to the temporary Erasmia police station in Pretoria West earlier today.
Nkosi-Malobane walked into the station to be greeted by an unkept and dirty station, with front desk personnel not even wearing the correct uniform.
She immediately took the matter up with the acting station commander as well as other issues which according to her were brought to her attention by irate community members.
“We received complaints from the community about the way they were being received by officers at this station and from our observation the face of the reception area was not welcoming.’
“And another issue is that most of the officers were not wearing vests as they ought to.
"We are now going to check if there is compliance in terms of the domestic violence act and other issues.”
Furthermore she said her office would be checking other compliance issues such as the firearm register as there were allegations of firearms being booked in but not registered.
Nkosi-Malobane said eight stations were under performing in the province and there would be immediate interventions taken to ensure they are brought back up to par.
“Despite the weaknesses we observed this is not one of the stations that under-performed. But we need to ensure those little mistakes are remedied.”