In a meeting this morning (Sunday 23 April 2017) Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi announced that the slated R100 million upgrade of the Muizenberg Police Station would be halted. In the meeting convened by the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), which the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) attended, the Deputy Minister emphatically stated that the "palace police station ... is not going to happen".
We welcome the Deputy Minister's responsiveness to the opposition to the R100 million price tag. We hope that the Ministry's position is not merely reactive but has taken into consideration the real needs of communities, including the poor, working-class Black African and Coloured communities of Vrygrond, Capricorn, Overcome Heights and Sea Winds that are currently served by the Muizenberg Police Station. These communities deserve greater access to police services.
Other comments made by the Deputy Minister during his address have far reaching implications for the South African Police Service and for the allocation of police resources. Tomorrow morning SJC activists will meet to deliberate on how best to respond to the content of the Deputy Minister's address.
Chumile Sali Head - Safety and Justice Programme
Dalli Weyers Senior Researcher - Safety and Justice Programme