Yesterday I visited the site where the Alra Park Satellite Police Station in Nigel once stood. This police station was burnt down during service delivery protests in 2019.
See video here
Two years later, this police station has still not been rebuilt.
Residents of Alra Park now have travel to the Nigel CBD to report incidents of crime. This has also led to longer response times by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
The latest crime statistics for Nigel highlight that this community is in the grip of criminal elements. Common Robbery is up by 400%, while sexual offenses and murder are up by 200%.
Communities cannot be left stranded and at the mercy of criminals.
As a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, I will be using the resources available to me to engage and ask questions to the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, as to why this station is yet to be rebuilt and when the community of Alra Park will have a fully operational police station again.
While the burning of this police station is in no way a condonable act, residents deserve to have access to functional and reliable service delivery in the area.
As the Mayor of Ekurhuleni, I will ensure that efficient inter-governmental relations are established between all spheres of government so that communities like Alra Park are not forgotten and are afforded the right to safety and security.
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