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New Lusikisiki police station to help police combat festive season crimes

Oct 23, 2017
New Lusikisiki police station to help police combat festive season crimes

The Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, accompanied by the Acting National Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba, and part of the police Top Management, officially opened a newly built police station in Lusikisiki over the weekend.

"Bringing excellent services and resources to the people is one of the priorities of Government and is therefore also that of the South African Police Service.

"The deliverance of this new police station is a progressive step towards the eradication of crime as well as restoring the dignity of people in the once forgotten rural areas of our country," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.

"It is clear that when a police station is built and provided to the people, their lives change immediately. People sincerely appreciate and know that from that day onwards, they have a protector, a shoulder to cry on, they have a family in blue that has the interests of the community at heart. 

"The police here at Lusikisiki is now better capacitated and they will now be closer to the population of 219 850 people whom they serve and protect."

Brigadier Naidoo said that in the quest to deliver more professionalized services across the country, the SAPS embarked on a process of building new police stations, upgrading certain police stations and improving frontline service delivery. 

"Not only have we provided the structures, but more importantly, we have trained our members to conduct themselves in a professional manner when attending to people who visit or call our police stations.

"In the meantime, we also call upon our communities to continue supporting the police in its effort to combat crime. Policing and safety is everyone’s business," he added. 

"It will be the continuous collaboration between all stakeholders and partners in the Ingquza Local Municipality under the OR Tambo District that will further enhance effective policing in this area.

"After all, it is the year of OR Tambo and as the management of the SAPS, we are proud to be improving the lives of the people of OR Tambo."

Brigadier Naidoo said that the Police Ministry has noted the problematic crime trends in this area which are most often generated by unemployment, abuse of liquor, the proliferation of drugs, illegal firearms and other dangerous weapons.

"It is reported that suspects use abandoned or neglected houses in the commissioning of crime and that they hide stolen livestock in natural forests and plantations. These are issues that will be tackled by the police members stationed at Lusikisiki Police Station, in collaboration with the community. 

"As we enter the festive season, we will enhance our visibility, heighten stop-and-search operations, awareness campaigns, and cross-border intelligence-driven operations nationally including the cluster of Tsolo, Qumbu and Thina Falls and with the Maclear, Elliot and Katkop Police Stations, as well as the provincial office," he said.

"Crime prevention and intelligence-driven operations will be conducted to ensure the police station personnel and their partnerships improve your safety and your lives.

"It is indeed encouraging to note that members of this community are keen to work with the police to eradicate crime. Community Police Forum meetings are held monthly to discuss crime and preventative measures. The establishment of a prominent members’ forum of former government employees with the Department of Agriculture, is also involved, particularly to address the issue of stock theft."

Brigadier Naidoo said that meetings with traditional leaders and ward councillors, on matters of domestic violence-related crimes and preventative measures also takes place regularly, and the victim-friendly facility at this station is active and fully functional. Social Development assists with counselling services and the Department of Health assists with nurses. 

"Schools are visited to conduct random searches and awareness campaigns. Encouraging the establishment of village committees, is another exceptional way of dealing with crime," he described. 

"The call for SAPS members to always serve communities with dedication, professionalism, dignity and pride is ongoing and members who fail to abide by the Code of Conduct of the SAPS are always dealt with severely."