Police and Public Works fail Diepsloot community

Kate Lorimer MPL

Spokesperson on Community Safety

The murder of toddlers Zondile  and Yonalisa Mali in Diepsloot is a tragic occurrence which highlights a number of issues around policing in the area.

The contract to complete the Diepsloot Police station was cancelled by the Department of Public Works in 2010 after the contractor defaulted due to cash-flow problems.  The station is partially complete and has been derelict for the last 3 years (See attached below)

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Diepsloot is crammed into the Metro Police building and, according to answers supplied earlier this year by Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko, does not have enough members in visible policing to man 4 policing sectors 24 hours a day.

This means that there are no continuous patrols in Diepsloot and there is generally lack of police visibility.

It is extremely important for a settlement of this size to be served by a dedicated number of members from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS). Members who are currently based in Krugersdorp, are not able to properly deal with the high number of cases in Diepsloot.

The Minister of Police must ensure that the Police station in Diepsloot is completed as a matter of urgency and that more SAPS members are allocated to the area, immediately, to ensure that sector patrols are done on a 24 hour basis.  He must also ensure that FCS unit members are allocated to Diepsloot on a permanent basis.