Nov 29, 2022

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Millions spent on renting ‘rundown police stations’ in North West: DA

Only 73 of the 148 buildings occupied by police in the northwest are considered to be in good condition – to support the various functions of the SAPS.

And it’s not just state-owned real estate that’s unsuitable for police use, says the prosecutor’s office.

Of the 64 leased properties in the province for which the police pay R54 million a year in rent, 35 of these properties are substandard.

Of the 84 state-owned 40 buildings were in poor condition.

This was reported by Sello Lehari, MEC for North West Community Security and Transportation, in a submitted response to a question from the DA during a meeting of the Municipal Portfolio Committee Security this week.

DA North West spokesman for Community Safety and Transportation Management Freddy Sonakile said the revelation comes at a time when the province is seeing a significant increase in violent crime.

< p>He said the criminal status Statistics for the province for the first quarter of 2022 show a significant increase in homicide, sexual assault and assault with intent to cause serious bodily harm.

Sonakile said Tlhabane Police Station is one of the rented buildings in a sorry state , but rent costs the police service R192,366 per month.

“Police will never win the fight against crime in the North West without the necessary resources to support their efforts, such as: E.g. adequate buildings, access to emergency vehicles and sufficient staff,” Sonakile said.

Sonakile said the prosecution will assign North West Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Sello Kwena, Police Minister Bheki Cele and the Public Works Department to do the job to urgently review the lease of derelict properties and carry out urgent maintenance on derelict state-owned properties.

“The Prosecutor’s Office will continue to pressure the Police Department to ensure the safety of residents and to ensure that police officers are fully operational and are stationed in functional and well maintained offices.”

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