NMB Metro Police Force launch a sham - DA

MAY 13, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has said the disruptions that characterised the launch of the Metro’s long awaited Police Force on Friday, showed it was nothing more than “a sham, a lie and broken promises”.

This follows after members of the South Africa Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) started singing in protest as Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan was delivering the keynote address outside City Hall.

According to the DA, the organisation’s regional secretary, Mqondisi Nodongwe, allegedly stated that the event had been staged using municipal officials dressed in police uniform, who had no training or recruitment.

“Nodongwe confirmed on record that none of the “metro police officers” had received training and were simply handed out an unexplained rank and instructed to put on different uniforms,” DA provincial leader, and Metro mayoral candidate, Athol Trollip said in a statement.

“So far all Mayor Jordaan has managed to achieve for a Metro Police Force is the unveiling of borrowed vehicles, fake Metro Police officers, a criminal appointment to the Head of Safety and Security and a Metro Police Chief who has earned over R1-million per year with absolutely no officers on the beat.

“As gang violence spirals out of control in PE’s Northern Areas, Danny Jordaan is now marching untrained municipal staff into harm’s way, instead of trained and equipped Metro Police Officers”.