By Kate Lorimer MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC: Community Safety:
Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, has indicated in a written response to DA questions that there are no plans to build a police station for Cosmo City.
This area currently falls under the Honeydew policing precinct and is experiencing increasingly high levels of crime; particularly house and business robberies.
The Honeydew precinct remains one of the poorest performing in the province.
As such, all communities which fall under its jurisdiction are receiving less than adequate service and response to incidents of crime.
The DA believes that building a police station in Cosmo City would help not only the Honeydew Police station area but allow for better response to other areas of the cluster.
The MEC has suggested that the police station cannot be built because it is not currently in the SAPS National Strategic Plan 2014-2019; however, the DA believes that government’s response to safety must remain flexible and cognisant of ever-changing crime patterns and trends.
During a crime march in Roodepoort in March this year, I handed over a memorandum of demands, including a call for a police station for Cosmo City, to the cluster commander for the area. I will be following up on this memorandum with the SAPS.
The community of Cosmo City deserves to feel safe now, not in 2019 when the National Plan is reviewed