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Overseeing the police

The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is calling on the MEC of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nontobeko Vilakazi, to revise the key performance areas of the department to ensure more frequent oversight visits to provincial police stations.

This comes after responses from the department to questions the DA submitted to the MEC through the processes of the Northern Cape legislature.

In its recent responses to the questions from the DA, the department reported that the 21 police stations without Victim Friendly Rooms (VFR) will only be fitted with a suitable room as soon as the National South African Police Service reprioritizes provincial requirements of its user asset management plan.

In a statement, the DA said it was worrisome to note that the party’s oversight visits to police stations earlier this year showed that police stations in the province were in dire need of more frequent oversight visits by the department to ensure the safety of civilians and proper resourcing for effective policing over the festive season.

According to the DA, the department contradicts itself in reporting on its accountability and oversight of police stations in the Northern Cape province.

“It is critical for our police to be adequately resourced for them to conduct effective policing in our communities, especially in the midst of the festive season.

“We encourage the department to increase oversight visits to police stations in our province, not just for compliance, but to ensure due diligence and to ensure that police stations have enough police vans and enough skilled personnel on duty for every shift.

“It is crucial that during the festive season, when crime peaks and cases of abuse increases, that our police stations are adequately equipped with the necessary tools of trade to ensure civilian safety.”

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