DA KZN welcomes long overdue improvements to SAPS Mid-Illovo

Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison

The Democratic Alliance in KZN welcomes the long overdue news that action will be taken at SAPS Mid-Illovo police station in an effort to sort out the problems raised by the DA.

This after an oversight visit in July revealed non-functional vehicles for patrols and detectives, toilets facilities infested with bees, shocking infrastructure with no maintenance and dungeon-like holding cells that could no longer be used.

I subsequently wrote to KZN Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu, requesting urgent intervention.   I recently received confirmation from the Department’s Acting HOD that the issues would be addressed.

According to the letter, the department conducted a station evaluation towards the end of July.  The outcome was;

–          An additional vehicle would be allocated to the station, specifically for investigating officers – this was seen as a short-term solution

–          Recommendations were made with regard to the improvement of the buildings which includes old rented buildings, office space for investigating officers and holding cells.  This was flagged as a challenge needing long term intervention by the department.

–          The bee problem was eradicated through fumigation

The department’s response to my concerns is a welcome step.

SAPS Mid-Illovo is an outlying police station serving a large community.  The DA regards rural safety as a priority – our farmers and rural communities have to be kept safe.  Agriculture is a vital part of the KZN economy and only safe rural communities will result in rural development and job creation.

The DA will monitor improvements to Mid-Illovo SAPS closely as part of our oversight responsibility to the people of KZN.